Don’t try to count a voice vote

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Sometimes after a voice vote that is not unanimous, we see an odd scenario. The chair or the clerk starts trying to figure out who voted for and who voted against. “Let’s see, it looks like the motion passed, with Member B and Member C voting against—you did vote against, didn’t you?”

Don’t do this! Trying to count a voice vote after the fact wastes time and leads to confusion. If you want to record the numbers for and against, or the names of individual members for and against, take the vote again by a show of hands or a roll call. Remember that members are free to vote on this second go-round as they choose. If they’ve changed their mind in the interval and vote differently the second time, it’s not a problem.

Read more about the ins and outs of recording votes on our blog here.

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