Senate Meeting Rules

Voting


1.
Majority Votes.

Except as stated in #2 below, a motion shall require the support of a majority of members present and voting.

2. Two-Thirds Majority.

Two-thirds (2/3) support by those present and voting shall be required to pass the following motions:

(a) objection to consideration

(b) close debate

(c) suspend a rule

(d) limit debate

(e) extend length of time of debate

(f) rescind when proper notice has not been given

(g) close nominations.

3. Unanimous Consent.

On non-contentious issues, the Chair may dispense with taking a vote, provided no member objects.

4. Method of Voting.

Voting shall normally be by show of hands. However, in elections or on motions to censure individuals, committees or groups, a secret ballot shall be used.

5. Other Methods of Voting.

Motions to provide for other methods of voting require the consent of a majority of the members present and voting.

6. Chair and Tie Vote.

As a member of Senate, the Chair has a right to one (1) vote on all motions presented to Senate, such vote to be counted at the same time as all other votes. A tie vote shall be regarded as defeating the motion. The Chair may cast one (1) vote to break a tie, if at the time the question was called the Chair did not vote.