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Robert's Rules of Order - Voting Procedures

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Voting Procedures
According to Robert's many rules.
Abstention
You can abstain from voting -- you can choose to not vote

If people abstain, they are not considered when determining the majority or 2/3.

Twelve people
Majority?
2/3?
Twelve people, four abstain
Majority?
2/3?
Speaking Rules
Recognition by the chair
Do not interrupt
Speaker priority
It's not personal, it's business
He Who Shall Not Be Named
Out of order
Time limits
To Vote or not to Vote
Voting can only occur when quorum is present. Quorum is either the majority or it's determined by the group.

Majority vote = ? + ?

2/3 Vote = two-thirds of the votes made
Uncounted Votes
Voice Vote
The most common type of voting. Members for the motion say "aye" and those against say "no". If there is a clear majority, the result is announced.
Unanimous Consent
Allows for a simple decision to be made without the formality of a vote
This can be used when there is no opposition; however, if even one person objects, you must go through the entire process of making a motion.

The chair simply asks if there is any objection to a certain action. If no one stands up and objects then the chair declares the action is agreed upon and the meeting can continue.
"Have all voted who wish to do so?"
"Since no one else wishes to vote, the polls are closed."
"Is there any objection to...? --> "The chair hears no objection, and..."
EX: Motion to Limit or Extend Debate
If the motion is seconded, it moves immediately to a vote and requires 2/3 majority to pass.


This type of voting is used for elections and more sensitive topics. A ballot vote can be called for when the original motion is about to be voted on. Anyone can motion for vote by ballot.

Tellers are chosen from both sides of the debate to hand out, collect, and count the ballots.
Let's practice!
Questions?
"Is there any objection to...?" --> "I object."
"Without objection,..."
Counted Vote
Show of Hands
This can be used instead of voice or standing votes. Raise the right hand.
"Those in favor of the motion will rise...Be seated.
Those opposed will rise...Be seated."
Standing Vote
This can be used instead of a voice vote. The chair asks for members in favor to stand, then the members opposed to stand.
This is used if 2/3 vote is needed or if the voice vote is unclear.
A member can motion for a standing vote by asking for a "division."
Those in favor of the motion say "aye." --> "Aye"
Those opposed, say "no." --> "No"
The ayes have it and the motion is adopted.
The Noes have it and the motion is lost.
"Division." --> "A division is called for."
This is the same as the standing vote, but this time the number of people standing are counted.

A member can move for the "vote to be counted."
Those in favor of the motion will rise and remain standing until counted...Be seated. (Repeat with opposed votes)
There are X in the affirmative and Y in the negative.

The...(affirmative/negative)...has it and the motion is...(adopted/lost).
The tellers count the votes in a seperate room and give a written report to the chair. See page 75 of RONR.
"Secret" Ballot
When does the chair vote?
The chair only votes when:

the vote is by ballot

his/her vote will change the outcome of the vote
to break a tie
to make a tie
Is it true?
Think of one "fact" about yourself.

It can be a real fact or a fake fact.

Using various voting methods from class today,
the class will vote on whether it is true or false.
Ex: I jumped out of an airplane.
Voice Vote
Standing Vote
Hand Vote
Unanimous Vote
Counted Vote
Ballot Vote
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