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

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to him the numbers. In small assemblies a show of hands may be substituted for a rising vote.
  When the vote is taken by voice or show of hands any member has a right to require a division of the assembly [25] by having the affirmative rise and then the negative, so that all may see how members vote. Either before or after a decision any member may call for, or demand, a count, and, if seconded, the chair must put the question on ordering a count. In organizations where it is desired to allow less than a majority vote to order a count or tellers, a special rule should be adopted specifying the necessary vote. Where no rule has been adopted a majority vote is required to order a count, or that the vote be taken by ballot or by yeas and nays (roll call).
  Announcing the Vote. When the vote has been taken so that the chair has no doubt as to the result, and no division is called for, or, if so, the assembly has divided, the chair proceeds to announce, or declare the vote thus: “The ayes have it and the resolution is adopted.” If he is not very positive, he may say, “The ayes seem to have it,” and, if no one says he doubts the vote or calls for a division, after a slight pause he adds, “The ayes have it,” etc. If the vote was by show of hands or by rising, it would be announced thus: “The affirmative has it (or, the motion is carried) and the question is laid on the table;”

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