Applies to: All
Introduction: All actions, decisions, approvals etc. of Our Congregation, the Council and the various Teams and Volunteer Groups require a vote. Generally this will be by simple majority voice vote with the Moderator, Chair or Designee determining the results. However, some situations may require special handling or a more clear-cut outcome.
Voting Options: If not required by by-law or policy, voting options are as follows.
A) Voice vote unless;
B) One voter requests an individual vote, then the vote shall be by a “show of hands” or equivalent, unless;
C) 10% of the voters request a confidential vote.
When and Where: Voting shall only occur at a duly called meeting of the deciding group with the exception of Voting Without Meeting situations.
Issues requiring more than a simple majority: There may be situations that require a two thirds or larger approval of those voting. In all these cases the fraction shall be rounded up to the next whole number. All Voting Options (above) apply.
Example: There are five voting members of a group. Two thirds of this group would be three and a third. Therefore four people would need to vote in favor for an item to be approved.
Absentee Voting: Our Congregation’s members shall be allowed to vote by absentee ballot on articles which require a confidential vote, at a duly called meeting of Our Congregation, when:
A) The article is on the hiring of a Settled Pastor.
B) Approved by vote of the Council.
See also: Voting Without Meeting