Quick Guide: Voting Terms and Calculating Votes

All you have to do is attend a business meeting or read your organization’s rules, and you’re likely to encounter a variety of voting terms—terms like general consent, majority, and two-thirds. 

Some of these terms probably seem familiar to you, but even well-known terms like majority have nuances. For example, does majority mean more than half of the votes cast, or more than half of the members in attendance at that meeting? And what about the term two-thirds—is multiplying the number of votes cast by 66% the best way to calculate it?


Here is a link to two of our new, helpful quick guides—designed to help you understand voting terms and calculate votes easily on the fly.

Civility resources are available as free downloadable, printable PDFs. Explore this blog and the Civility resources tab for additional parliamentary procedure help.


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