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Is it possible for a president to deny a motion from the general members to go to a vote?

Two answers.

• "Yes," in very limited circumstances.

• "No," in 98% of other circumstances.

Q. What are your particulars for your scenario?

For example:

Did your chair follow the parliamentary rules?

Was the motion out of order?

Was the motion dilatory?

Was there no quorum present?

Would the motion be null and void upon adoption?

Was the motion phrased negatively?

Was there already a conflicting motion pending or not yet disposed of?

Bottom line, there could be countless reasons that a motion won't be entertainable.

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Is it posible for a president to deny a motion from the general members to go to a vote?

The phrase "deny a motion" does not appear in RONR.

As noted, the motion may be improper and ruled out of order. Some motions may be subject to Objection To the Consideration of a Question, which requires a 2/3 vote.

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