to not vote at all Bonus Tip: Except in public bodies, a presiding officer should not ask members to identify whether they are abstaining from a vote.
a written, secret vote on a slip of paper; allowed only when required by the bylaws or ordered by a majority vote
a method of vote verification whereby each vote is individually tallied; occurs on the chair's initiative alone or via passage of a motion by majority vote; one member cannot demand it
division of assembly
a method of vote verification demanded by one member, whereby an inconclusive voice vote or show of hands vote is retaken as a rising vote; the demand is made by calling out, "Division!"; not a method by which one member can demand a counted vote
a vote taken informally on noncontroversial matters
Bonus Tip: To take a vote using this method, say, "If there is no objection, we will...". If any member objects, simply put the motion to a more formal vote by saying, "All those in favor of, say, `aye.' All those opposed, say, `no.'"
more than half of the members in good standing that are both present and voting Bonus Tip: This is the default definition of "majority" if used without qualification in an organization's governing documents.
majority of a quorum
more than half of the number of members needed for a quorum
majority of the entire membership
more than half of all the members in good standing, regardless of whether they are present
majority of the members present
more than half of the members in good standing that are present at a meeting
the largest number of votes among three or more candidates or proposals; not necessarily a majority
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a "power of attorney" given by one member to another member to vote in his place
every member present casts the same vote on a motion Bonus Tip: This is the weakest type of vote because it allows one disagreeable member to control the entire group. Use judiciously.
vote by acclamation
a declaration by the chair that a member nominated for an office is elected; no vote is taken
Bonus Tip: Use only when only one person is nominated for an office and the bylaws do not require a ballot vote.
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