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May the chair initiate a re-vote?
yes
What are the countable voting methods?
raising hands
standing
marking ballots
roll call
mechanical device
Who divides the group into smaller sections for counting?
tellers
Who is in charge of organizing and supervising the counting of the votes and communicating them to the chair?
chief teller
What is "simple majority"?
more than half the votes cast
Motions are broken into what five classes?
*privileged
*subsidiary
*incidental
*unclassified
*main
What is the function of the subsidiary motions?
to modify or in some other manner help dispose of the main motion
What are the subsidiary motions in rank?
1. to lay on the table
2. to call for previous question
3. to limit or extend debate
4. to postpone definitely
5. to refer to committee
6. to amend
7. to postpone indefinitely
What are the privileged motions in order of rank?
1. to fix the time to which to adjourn
2. to adjourn
3. to recess
4. to raise a question of privilege
5. to call for the orders of the day
Which class of motions is the lowest rank?
main
If a member attempts to participate in the meeting but does so improperly, how should the chair handle that?
help the member rephrase the motion and explain how to participate correctly
As a courtesy, when debate begins on a motion, a presiding officer should allow whom the first chance to discuss?
the person who moved the motion
"The floor" means?
the person that should have the attention of the group
What are the qualities of a good member?
(minimum of 4)
*attend every meeting possible
*act for the benefit of the total group
*use correct parliamentary procedure
*give attention to the proceedings of the meeting
*be orderly and polite
*refer to other members with respect
*discuss issues and problems
*be careful not to offend others
*accept the decision of the majority
What is the symbol of the chair's authority in a meeting?
gavel
What are the purposes for the strokes of the gavel?
1 - announce vote; get attention; be seated
2 - call meeting to order
3 - members rise
series - restore order
What is the wooden block called?
sounder
What are the unclassified motions?
*to reconsider
*to rescind
*to take from the table
What is used by a member to formally propose that the group take some action?
main motion
What are the incidental motions?
*to object to the consideration of a question
*to appeal the decision of the chair
*to rise to a point of order
*to rise to parliamentary inquiry
*to call for division of the house
*to withdraw a motion
*to suspend the rules
Does the chair have to recognize any member?
only those who properly request recognition
Which class of motions has the highest rank?
privileged
If the chair has waited for a reasonable time and there has been no second, what happens?
the chair should rule the motion dead and move to the next item on the agenda
Required majorities that are greater than a simple majority are called?
super majority
When can a chairperson vote?
to make or break a tie
If a secret ballot vote ends in a tie, does the chair get to keep his/her vote secret?
no
Can the group choose to vote a different way than the chair chooses?
yes, with a simple motion
When can a decision be made by less than majority?
*when a roll call vote is demanded
*elections
What is plurality?
the most votes received
What is the signal that a transaction is finished?
a single rap of the gavel
Qualified adjournments are ranked as?
main motions
What does the term "qualified" mean?
a time is specified
What does "unqualified" mean?
starts right away
When is a recess (qualified or unqualified) debatable and amendable?
when there is no business on the floor
Unqualified adjournments are ranked as?
privileged motions
What is the purpose of "object to consideration of a question"?
prevent discussion of matters which are not worthy of attention
Typically "to raise a question of privilege" is decided by the chair. When is this not true?
when the chair is in doubt
When can an unqualified adjournment be moved?
anytime except during a vote
What ability may be objected to?
a main motion
What motion will delay action to another meeting but not have a specific time?
lay on the table
What is the purpose of the motion "to call for the orders of the day"?
*to compel the group to follow the agenda (formal)
*to find out the agenda (informal)
When must a motion be objected to?
after the motion has received a second and been restated by the chair, but before the first debate
What is the purpose of laying a motion on the table?
to set aside an original main motion
What motion will delay action to another meeting and have a specific time?
postpone definitely
May the secretary cast a unanimous vote if the nominations were closed?
no
What are the abilities that require no recognition?
*rise to question of privilege
*call for the orders of the day
*object to consideration of the question
*appeal the decision of the chair
*rise to a point of order
*rise to a parliamentary inquiry
*division of the house
Who may withdraw a motion?
the person who moved the motion
Why should correct procedures be followed when electing officers?
to ensure a fair and orderly election
What should be done if somebody objects to a question after debate has begun?
they should be called out of order
Where are the guidelines for elections found?
in the bylaws
Do you need recognition from the chair to object to a question?
no
What are the five methods of voting?
*visual (hand or stand)
*voice (not countable)
*roll call
*secret ballot
*mechanical device
What are four reasons for having parliamentary procedure?
*rights of minority
*rule of Majority
*courtesy of everyone
*one thing at a time
If only one person calls for division of the house, is the chair compelled to vote again?
yes
What is the purpose of "appeal the decision of the chair"?
prevents the chair from improperly controlling the action of the body
What does "viva voca" mean?
It is Latin for "by the living voice".
What does "putting the question" mean?
voting on the motion
How often may an appeal be debated?
each member may debate once, except the chair who may start and finish debate
What is the customary or "standard" order of business?
1. opening ceremonies
2. minutes of previous meeting
3. officer reports
4. special features
5. old/unfinished business
6. committee reports
7. new business
8. ceremonies
9. closing ceremonies
10. entertainment, recreation, refreshments
Rules that cannot be suspended are:
1. rules which are actually provisions of the organization's charter and constitution
2. parliamentary rules governing notice, quorum, and voting method
3. rules in the by-laws, unless provided for
When is there an exception to an appeal being debated?
*when it relates to improper behavior
*priority of business
*pending motion is not debatable
What is the purpose of "to reconsider a motion"?
to bring back before the assembly a motion which has been previously voted upon
What is the purpose of "to rescind"?
cancels a main motion which was passed during the current meeting or at a previous meeting
What is the purpose of "rise to point of order"?
call attention to errors made in parliamentary procedure
True or False:
To call for "question" automatically terminates discussion.
false
What does "censured" mean?
reprimanded
Does the person that seconds the motion to reconsider need to have been on the prevailing side?
no
What does "germane" mean?
relates to the motion on the floor
Do you need recognition from the chair before rising to a point of order?
no
May rules be suspended by any other means than a two-thirds vote?
yes, by general consent - chair would ask for general consent; if there were no objections it would pass
May a motion be reconsidered at the next regular meeting?
yes, the motion to reconsider can be made on the same day the motion was voted upon or the next meeting
Why might the bylaws of an organization require a delay of one or two meetings between the time a motion is introduced and the time a vote is taken?
to think it over
What is the time limit of when a motion can be rescinded?
none, but the motion cannot release the organization from something that cannot be undone
What is the purpose of "rise to parliamentary inquiry"?
to question whether correct parliamentary procedure is being followed or to ask the proposer of a motion a question about the motion
Who may move a motion to reconsider?
only someone from the prevailing (winning) side
What are the three types of votes for the motion the rescind?
*previous notice given - majority vote (those present)
*no notice given - two-thirds vote (those present)
*majority of all members
Do you need recognition before rising to a parliamentary inquiry?
no
True or False:
The motion to rescind is not retroactive.
true
Do you need recognition to suspend the rule?
yes
May you appeal the reply of a chair to a parliamentary inquiry?
no, it is an opinion
What motions may not be reconsidered?
(minimum of 4)
*adjourn
*suspend the rules
*lay on the table
*take from the table
*reconsider
*raise a question of privilege
*recess
*call for the orders of the day
*rise to a point of order
*rise to parliamentary inquiry
*call for division of the house
How soon can a motion be removed from the table?
after at least one motion has been transacted or the urgent matter has been dealt with
What is the purpose of the motion to withdraw?
*a time saver
*to aviod discussing a motion that is no longer desirable
What is the purpose of "taking from the table"?
to bring back to the floor a motion which was previously laid on the table
The purpose of discussion is...
*to ask questions to the person that brought ip the motion
*to persuade the members to vote their way
Does a motion need to be seconded before it can be withdrawn?
yes, otherwise it would die due to a lack of a second
What are two reasons for seconding a motion?
*the person wants to go on record as supporting the idea
*to assure that the motion gets voted on
Can another item of business be on the floor when "take from the table" is moved?
no, because if it passed there would be two motions on the floor at once
When may a motion be seconded without standing?
small group or informal meeting
May you move to withdraw a motion that has been amended?
yes, it is a good way to dump all of it
When can the presiding officers change?
*when no items of business are on the floor
*when the chair wishes to discuss
*when it is embarassing for the chair to preside
*when the chair must leave in a hurry
What happens if the motion to withdraw is objected to?
requires a majority vote in favor of withdrawing the motion
What are the six steps in disposing of a motion?
1. introduce the motion
2. second the motion
3. state the question
4. discuss the motion
5. vote on the motion
6. announce the results of the vote
What happens to a motion that was not brought back from the table by the end of the following meeting?
it expires (dropped)
What is the purpose of "call for the previous question"?
terminate debate and go directly to a vote
What is a quorum?
the number of members necessary at a meeting to decide on matters according to the bylaws
If "question" has been called out, the chair has three options. What are they?
*respond "The chair feels that there has been adequate discussion. We will now proceed to vote."
*ignore the calls
*ask "Is there a motion for previous question?"
Can "call for previous question" be moved on the motion and all of its amendments?
yes, but you must specify
After nominations are no longer being introduced, what motion should be moved?
a motion to close nominations
What is the purpose of referring to a committee?
to secure more detailed information
Another name for "refer to a committee" is?
to commit
What can be done to save time when only one nomination for each office is made?
1. move that the secretary be authorized to cast a vote for the entire slate of nominees
2. second
3. vote (majority)
What is the purpose of "to suspend the rules"?
it is in the best interest of the group to temporarily suspend one or more of hte written rules
What are the two types of committees?
*ad hoc
*standing
What are the two ways that committees may be instructed to act?
*to gather information
*the power to act
After a committee has reported, it may be acted upon by what motions?
*to adopt
*to adopt in part
*to postpone definitely
*to enter in minutes
How many amendments may be on a motion at one time?
two
Rules:
to take from the table
second
not debatable
not amendable
majority
To when can a motion be postponed definitely?
the next scheduled meeting or later the same meeting
What is the purpose of postpone definitely?
it fixes a definite time for future considerations
Rules:
to rescind
second
debatable
amendable
two-thirds
Rules:
to call for a division of the house
no second
not debatable
not amendable
none - member demand
Rules:
to rise to parliamentary inquiry
no second
not debatable
not amendable
decided by chair
Rules:
to reconsider
second
debatable (if reconsidered motion is debatable)
not amendable
majority
Rules:
to suspend the rules
second
not debatable
not amendable
two-thirds
Rules:
to withdraw a motion
no second
not debatable
not amendable
majority negative to allow withdrawal
True or False:
All amendments must relate to the motion they are being attached to and must not change the motion from positive to negative.
true
Rules:
to rise to a point of order
no second
not debatable
not amendable
decided by chair
Rules:
to object to consideration of a question
no second
not debatable
not amendable
two-thirds
Rules:
to appeal from the decision of the chair
second
debatable (if motion appealed is)
not amendable
majority
What are the four common ways to amend a motion?
*insert (middle)
*strike out
*insert and strike out
*add (end)
What are the purposes of postpone indefinitely?
*to stop passage of a main motion without letting it come to a vote
*to kill the main motion
Rules:
to postpone indefinitely
second
debatable
not amendable
majority
Can a motion that has been postponed indefinitely ever be brought back?
only as a new motion
Rules:
to refer to committee
second
debatable
amendable
majority
Rules:
to amend
second
debatable
amendable
majority
Rules:
to limit or extend debate
second
not debatable
amendable
two-thirds
Rules:
to postpone definitely
second
debatable
amendable
majority
Rules:
to adjourn
second
not debatable
not amendable
majority
Rules:
to call for the previous question
second
not debatable
not amendable
two-thirds
Rules:
to call for the orders of the day
no second
not debatable
not amendable
automatically sustained unless 2/3 vote against following orders
Rules:
raise a question of privilege
no second
not debatable
not amendable
vote is optional (majority); usually decided by chair
Rules:
to lay on the table
second
not debatable
not amendable
majority
Rules:
to recess
second
not debatable
amendable (time only)
majority
Rules:
to fix the time to which to adjourn
second
not debatable
amendable
majority
Rules:
main
second
debatable
amendable
majority