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If a committee has alternates, can or should those alternates be allowed to vote or in anyway participate in the process?

Technically, no.

An alternate, by definition, is not a member (yet!) of the body which is meeting.

Some kind of process must be invoked or be completed to turn an alternate in a true sitting member.

Rights of membership belong to members.

Nonmembers have zero rights of membership.

Whatever rule created your alternates (your system of swapping in/out alternates) may likely contain loopholes, exceptions, or any kind of juggling of the swap process.

Look to your own rules, not Robert's Rules, for the swap process.

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