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[802SEC] Decision on proposed Roll Call P&P change

Dear EC members,
After consulting with IEEE-SA staff (ML Nielson, D Ringle-see rationale below) and the EC rules experts (M Sherman, B O'Hara), I have decided to declare the decision on the motion "to adopt the proposed Roll Call P&P change" as PASSED.  The motion was made at the closing EC meeting on Friday March 19th, 2004, agenda item 10.03. 
March 2004 Closing EC Meeting Agenda Item 10.03
Motion: To adopt proposed Roll Call P&P change
Moved-Mike Takefman, Second-Tony Jeffree
Tally: 8 Approve, 4 Disapprove, 1 abstain
The rules change takes effect immediately.  Mat Sherman--please include this change into your P&P reformating action item.
--Paul Nikolich
Rationale from ML NIELSON and DAVE RINGLE:
The IEEE Bylaws state that you need a majority of those present and able to vote at the time of a vote, provided you have a quorum, to take an action. That's for a F2F meeting, which your plenary was.

Your rules are more stringent, requiring a 2/3 approval of all voting EC members with voting rights.

The vote was:

8 For
4 Against
1 Abstain

Dave and I believe that the question is whether the abstain counts as a negative in this instance. Remember the existing rule of the IEEE Bylaws [I-300.4 (1)]:

 "Unless otherwise provided in the Certificate of Incorporation, the Constitution, these Bylaws, the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York or the applicable governing documents of a board or committee of any organizational unit of the IEEE (other than the Board of Directors,  the Executive Committee, the Major Boards, the Standing Committees and any  other board or committee reporting directly to the Board of Directors), the vote of a majority of the votes cast, provided a quorum is present, shall be the act of such board or committee."

 Because of this, the abstain does not count towards the 2/3 total need to  approve.
 Therefore your vote stands at

 8 For
 4 Against

 which is exactly the 2/3 the EC needs to pass the motion.
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