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I know this is very basic, but I can't seem to formulate a search that'll answer it.

Assume we have a quorum at a meeting.  Is a motion passed if a majority of those present vote Yes?  Or is a simple majority of the votes cast sufficient?

Examples:

15 member present -- 7 yes, 6 no, and 2 abstaining.  Did that pass?  Or does it take a majority of those present even if a number abstain?

Thx ... Ed

 

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7 minutes ago, EdInArk said:

I know this is very basic, but I can't seem to formulate a search that'll answer it.

Assume we have a quorum at a meeting.  Is a motion passed if a majority of those present vote Yes?  Or is a simple majority of the votes cast sufficient?

Examples:

15 member present -- 7 yes, 6 no, and 2 abstaining.  Did that pass?  Or does it take a majority of those present even if a number abstain?

Thx ... Ed

 

For most main motions, the motion was adopted.

There are a few situations where some greater vote is needed. 

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As stated on page 4, the basic requirement for approval of an action or choice by a deliberative assembly, except where a rule provides otherwise, is a majority vote. The word majority means "more than half"; and when the term majority vote is used without qualification -- as in the case of the basic requirement -- it means more than half of the votes cast by persons legally entitled to vote, excluding blanks or abstentions, at a regular or properly called meeting.

RONR 11th edition page 400.

In your example the motion would have passed. Had it been 1-yes 0-no 14-abstain it still would have passed.

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The point is that the RONR standard for most motions is a majority of those "present and voting;" therefore, if anyone chooses not to vote, their abstention from voting doesn't affect the outcome.. 

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10 hours ago, Guest Zev said:

RONR 11th edition page 400.

In your example the motion would have passed. Had it been 1-yes 0-no 14-abstain it still would have passed.

I appreciate the detailed response.  I do have RONR 11th edition coming, but I needed the info more quickly.

Thanks to all for the info.

 

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And for a "quick study" pick up a copy of

RONRIB:

"Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief", Updated Second Edition (Da Capo Press, Perseus Books Group, 2011). It is a splendid summary of all the rules you will ever need in all but the most exceptional situations. And only $7.50! You can read it in an evening. Get both RONRIB and RONR (scroll down) at this link:

http://www.robertsrules.com/inbrief.html

Or in your local bookstore.

 

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