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Sorry to bring up such an easy topic; but, how should the votes be noted in the minutes.

If 4 affirmative, 2 negative-- 4-2

If 4 affirmative, 2 abstain--4-2, or 4 affirmative with 2 abstaining

If 4 affirmative, 1 negative, and 1 abstain--4-2 or what?

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How should the votes be noted in the minutes.

If 4 affirmative, 2 negative-- 4-2

If 4 affirmative, 2 abstain--4-2, or 4 affirmative with 2 abstaining

If 4 affirmative, 1 negative, and 1 abstain--4-2 or what?

"If 4 affirmative, 2 negative" = 4-2

"If 4 affirmative, 2 abstain" = 4-0

"If 4 affirmative, 1 negative, and 1 abstain" = 4-1

• You never include abstentions.

• To abstain is to "not cast a ballot" or "not vote".

• An abstention is not a vote.

• RONR says blank ballots are to be treated as "so much scrap paper."

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Sorry to bring up such an easy topic; but, how should the votes be noted in the minutes.

If 4 affirmative, 2 negative-- 4-2

If 4 affirmative, 2 abstain--4-2, or 4 affirmative with 2 abstaining

If 4 affirmative, 1 negative, and 1 abstain--4-2 or what?

Unless there is a specific reason for including vote counts in the minutes, the minutes should simply note that the motion passed.

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