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Hello, I was hoping someone could answer this question.

Our club has 16 total officers and board members. We had a secret ballot and one result was 9 yes and 4 no, how would the 2/3rds be counted?

if by all 16 members this would not pass, but that makes the 3 members that choose not to cast a vote be counted as a no vote, which is against the rules. If we only counted the 2/3rds from the 13 votes, this passes. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, 

Linda 

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Usually, votes are decided on the basis of those "present and voting." So that would be 9-4 and there is 2/3 in the affirmative.

In situations where the vote requires 2/3 of those present (or another denominator, such as "the entire membership") then this should be specified in the bylaws or a Rule of Order (or applicable legislation). Otherwise, the default "present and voting" applies.

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On 8/14/2019 at 4:04 AM, Guest Linda said:

Hello, I was hoping someone could answer this question.

Our club has 16 total officers and board members. We had a secret ballot and one result was 9 yes and 4 no, how would the 2/3rds be counted?

if by all 16 members this would not pass, but that makes the 3 members that choose not to cast a vote be counted as a no vote, which is against the rules. If we only counted the 2/3rds from the 13 votes, this passes. 

A 2/3 vote means two thirds of those present and voting.   The quick way of determining this is that if there are at least double the number of Yes votes as No votes, then a 2/3 vote has been achieved.  Your 9-4 vote meets this criterion.  Even 8-4 would meet it.

A majority vote means a majority of those present and voting. If the number of Yes votes is strictly greater than the number of No votes then a majority has been achieved.  Anything less, such as a tie or a greater number of No votes, defeats the motion.

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