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How many for a majority if some are absent?

Guest John Goodloe

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If you have a commission of 22 and one is absent what is the majority vote? Is it based on board size or total present?

It is based on neither.

A majority vote occurs whenever the number of Yes votes are greater than the number of No votes. People who are not present--or who are but did not cast a vote--have no effect on the outcome.

Perhaps you are getting confused with a quorum, which is the minimum number that must be present (whether they vote or not) in order to conduct business. If there are no rules setting the size of a quorum, it is a majority of the total number of people who would be allowed to vote (if they were present).

But if all 22 members are present and there's a vote with two Ayes and one No, that's a majority vote.

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