Jump to content
The Official RONR Q & A Forums

Recording Results of Telephone Vote


Don Benjamin
 Share

Recommended Posts

I'm the secretary of our board with a question about how to record a telephone vote in our meeting minutes.

Our board held a special meeting by conference call to approve a resolution. When it was time to vote, I polled the members in the same fashion as a roll call vote. However, holding a vote by roll call per se requires majority approval, which we did not seek because there was no other way to vote (voice votes don't work on a conference call and we didn't have any other electronic means where everyone could monitor the voting procedure.)

I assume the minutes should only indicate the total "ayes" and "nays" as though it was a vote by a show of hands, and not the vote of each board member.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, Don Benjamin said:

I'm the secretary of our board with a question about how to record a telephone vote in our meeting minutes.

Our board held a special meeting by conference call to approve a resolution. When it was time to vote, I polled the members in the same fashion as a roll call vote. However, holding a vote by roll call per se requires majority approval, which we did not seek because there was no other way to vote (voice votes don't work on a conference call and we didn't have any other electronic means where everyone could monitor the voting procedure.)

I assume the minutes should only indicate the total "ayes" and "nays" as though it was a vote by a show of hands, and not the vote of each board member.

I’m not even certain it should include the total “ayes” and “nays,” as if it was a counted vote, since the count was taken simply due to the limitations of the technology and not due to a counted vote being ordered. I certainly agree that the vote of each member should not be recorded.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, Josh Martin said:

I’m not even certain it should include the total “ayes” and “nays,” as if it was a counted vote, since the count was taken simply due to the limitations of the technology and not due to a counted vote being ordered. I certainly agree that the vote of each member should not be recorded.

I would say that it should be recorded, even if "roll call" was the only way to do it.  Certainly they could use unanimous consent and it would be technically possible to have a voice vote.  That said, It would be far better to have this clarified by a special rule. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...
Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...