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Our organisation Constitution is silent on how votes can be taken at a AGM other than voting members must be present. Normal practice has been that votes are by show of hands.

On one specific motion at upcoming AGM it has been requested by the proposer that the vote be done by secret ballot. (other motions at the meeting will be by the normal practice)

is it in order to agree in advance that the vote will be by secret ballot, or can the chair refuse , or  should the meeting vote on the method of voting if it is proposed and seconded by members

Your guidance would be appreciated as always

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52 minutes ago, mb100 said:

Our organisation Constitution is silent on how votes can be taken at a AGM other than voting members must be present. Normal practice has been that votes are by show of hands.

On one specific motion at upcoming AGM it has been requested by the proposer that the vote be done by secret ballot. (other motions at the meeting will be by the normal practice)

is it in order to agree in advance that the vote will be by secret ballot, or can the chair refuse , or  should the meeting vote on the method of voting if it is proposed and seconded by members

Your guidance would be appreciated as always

If the rules in RONR apply:

It is not in order to agree in advance, nor can the chair refuse.  

While that one special motion is being considered, any member can seek recognition and make the incidental motion that the vote on the main motion be taken by ballot.  

This motion

  • requires a second;
  • is not debatable;
  • is amendable, for example, to specify a different voting method; and,
  • requires a majority vote.
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