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Henry M. Robert (1837–1923).  Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.  1915.


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Art. VIII.   Vote.


Voting 46.
Votes that are Null and Void even if Unanimous     47.
Motions requiring more than a majority vote 48.

46. Voting.

   If the question is undebatable, or debate has been closed by order of the assembly, the chair, immediately after stating the question, puts it to vote as described under Putting the Question [9], only allowing time for members to rise if they wish to make a motion of higher rank.
  If the question is debatable and no one rises to claim the floor, after the question is stated by the chair, he should inquire, “Are you ready for the question?” After a moment’s pause, if no one rises, he should put the question to vote. If the question is debated or motions are made, the chair should wait until the debate has apparently ceased, when he should again inquire, “Are you ready for the question?” Having given ample time for any one to rise and claim the floor, and no one having done so, he should put the question to vote and announce the result.
  The usual method of taking a vote is viva voce (by the voice). The rules require this method to be used in Congress. In small assemblies the vote is often taken by “show of hands,” or by “raising the right hand” as

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