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The members of the Governance/Nominating Committee met and considered candidates for membership on the Board of Trustees. A committee member moved that the committee recommend that the Board of Trustees appoint four nominees to membership on the Board. The committee members voted and unanimously agreed to make that recommendation.

At the meeting of the Board, the Governance/Nominating Committee reported its recommendation. It was noticed in the ensuing voice vote that two members of the Governance/Nominating committee did not voice their vote (they were silent).

This brought up the following question: If committee members have already indicated their approval of the nominees by voting in a committee meeting and subsequently recommending the Board appoint those nominees, do they cast a vote again when the full board votes? I had always thought so, but am now unsure and cannot find clarification in our own By Laws or in Robert's Rules.

Thank you.

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If committee members have already indicated their approval of the nominees by voting in a committee meeting and subsequently recommending the Board appoint those nominees, do they cast a vote again when the full board votes?

If the committee members are also members of the body to which the committee reports, then they have all of the membership rights in the parent body.

So in this case, those people who are members of both the committee and the board may debate and vote when the board considers the committee's recommendation.

If your organization's rules say something different, then you must follow your custom rules.

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If the committee members are also members of the body to which the committee reports, then they have all of the membership rights in the parent body.

So in this case, those people who are members of both the committee and the board may debate and vote when the board considers the committee's recommendation.

If your organization's rules say something different, then you must follow your custom rules.

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One more question, does the trustee who moves the vote then cast a vote? Or, is his support implied by having put forth the motion?

Making a motion and voting are two distinct steps in the process. Since it is possible for a person who makes a motion to vote against it, no support is implied when it comes time to vote. (It may turn out that during the debate on the motion, someone else persuades the maker of the motion to vote against it.)

Only those votes actually cast are counted. So the person who makes a motion must vote, if his vote is to count. No assumptions of implied support.

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