Three steps by which a motion is brought before the group

  1. A member makes a motion.
  2. Another member seconds the motion.
  3. The chair states the question on the motion.

Three Steps in the Consideration of a Motion

  1. The members debate the motion (unless no member claims the floor for that purpose).
  2. The chair puts the question to a vote.
    • The chair restates the question.
    • The chair takes the vote:
      • “All in favor of the motion, say aye.”
      • “Those opposed, say no.”

Note: A vote passes with a simple majority, except in cases of suspending the rules; previous question; limit or extended debate; and, amend a previously adopted motion;  which require a 2/3 vote.

  1. The chair announces the result of a vote. A complete announcement should include:
    • Report on the voting itself, stating which side prevailed (and giving the count if a count prevailed).
    • Declaration that the motion is adopted or lost.
    • Statement indicating the effect of the vote or ordering its execution.
    • Where applicable, announcement of the next item of business or stating the question of the next motion that consequently comes up for a vote.

Adapted from Roberts Rules of Order, 11th Edition Source: Leading Effective Meetings: Making Basic Parliamentary Procedure Work, Website: http://www.robertsrules.org/

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