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We have a Board of four people for our Homeowners Association.  A motion has been made by one member and seconded by another but the other two members refuse to respond in any way to the motion.  Does their lack of response become a “yes” vote?

Thank you for your consideration of this question.  

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1 minute ago, Guest Beth said:

Since it is a board of just four people and two of four is not a majority, do the (undeclared) abstainers effectively defeat the motion?

No. A majority vote, unless another threshold applies, is a majority of those voting. Thus, in an assembly of 100, if 99 abstain and one votes yes, the motion carries. Abstaining is not voting yes, and it is not voting no. It is simply not voting.

 

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Thank you all for your responses.  Our bylaws say this:

“Every act or decision done or made by a majority of the (board) members present at a duly held meeting at which a (board) quorum is present shall be regarded as the act of the Board. “

In the situation I am describing, all four board members were present but two refused to respond.   Does the motion still pass?  

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