Three steps by which a motion is brought before the group
- A member makes a motion.
- Another member seconds the motion.
- The chair states the question on the motion.
Three Steps in the Consideration of a Motion
- The members debate the motion (unless no member claims the floor for that purpose).
- 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.
- 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/