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I encountered a recent situation which totally scrambled my understanding of "acclamation."  A slate of candidates had been selected by the chair (and possibly a small committee) for inclusion as voting members of a governing body.  Other member of that body were notified of these candidates and their credentials ahead of time, but when the time came to discuss their appointment/election, the chair moved to suspend the rules to adopt the slate "by acclamation," which was clearly against the will of a dozen or so members of that organization.  One such member was given the floor to ask a procedural question about "acclamation."  The Parliamentarian conferred that "acclamation" according to the rules being followed at that time by that organization, required only a 2/3 majority voice vote.  

From everything I have been able to research, under Roberts rules "acclamation" means "unanimous consent," and when there is not unanimous consent a discussion must follow along with standard voting procedures.  Consequently there was allowed no discussion of the candidates, and a majority voice vote carried.  The election of the slate concluded in a matter of minutes. 

Is this experience unique, or are others familiar with "acclamation" as a 2/3 majority voice vote sans debate.  Thoughts?   

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8 hours ago, Jon G said:

I encountered a recent situation which totally scrambled my understanding of "acclamation."  A slate of candidates had been selected by the chair (and possibly a small committee) for inclusion as voting members of a governing body.  Other member of that body were notified of these candidates and their credentials ahead of time, but when the time came to discuss their appointment/election, the chair moved to suspend the rules to adopt the slate "by acclamation," which was clearly against the will of a dozen or so members of that organization.  One such member was given the floor to ask a procedural question about "acclamation."  The Parliamentarian conferred that "acclamation" according to the rules being followed at that time by that organization, required only a 2/3 majority voice vote.  

From everything I have been able to research, under Roberts rules "acclamation" means "unanimous consent," and when there is not unanimous consent a discussion must follow along with standard voting procedures.  Consequently there was allowed no discussion of the candidates, and a majority voice vote carried.  The election of the slate concluded in a matter of minutes. 

Is this experience unique, or are others familiar with "acclamation" as a 2/3 majority voice vote sans debate.  Thoughts?   

Well, "acclamation" isn't the right word to use for it, but a motion can be made to suspend the rules and agree to (whatever), as described on page 262, lines 6-8, of RONR (11th ed.), and so I suppose a motion could be made to suspend the rules and agree to the inclusion of (list of names) as voting members of the (whatever the name of this governing body is). A rising vote, however, is the normal method of voting on motions requiring a two-thirds vote for their adoption.

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3 hours ago, Daniel H. Honemann said:

Well, "acclamation" isn't the right word to use for it, but a motion can be made to suspend the rules and agree to (whatever), as described on page 262, lines 6-8, of RONR (11th ed.), and so I suppose a motion could be made to suspend the rules and agree to the inclusion of (list of names) as voting members of the (whatever the name of this governing body is). A rising vote, however, is the normal method of voting on motions requiring a two-thirds vote for their adoption.

I agree, provide that the bylaws do not require a ballot vote for the election of these positions.

 

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