Re: [802SEC] +++ LMSC P&P Revision Ballot +++ EC Voting Rules
Disapprove, with these comments:
*The statement in 7.1.7 that "Voting in the EC is by simple majority"
is subject to interpretation. Robert's Rules says a majority is "more
than half of the votes cast, ignoring blanks." We should include this
language, expanding it for clarity to ""more than half of the votes
cast, ignoring blanks and abstentions."
*The proposal in 7.1.7 that "the Chair only votes if his vote can
change the outcome of a vote" would allow the Chair to vote
Disapprove to block an otherwise successful motion; for example, to
turn an 8-7 winning margin to a 8-8 tie (which, by Robert's Rules,
would be a defeat). We don't need to hand the Chair this extra power,
and we don't benefit by putting the Chair in this awkward situation.
We are better off leaving the rule alone.
*In 7.1.7, "quorum" should be defined with the statement from
Robert's Rules that "The quorum refers to the number present, not to
the number voting." It's best to be explicit so we don't have to
argue about these things in a meeting.
*126.96.36.199 says "Provision shall be made for the LMSC membership to
observe and comment on EC electronic ballots." Since this provision
has been regularly ignored by the EC, it needs to be strengthened. I
suggest "Provision shall be made for the LMSC membership to observe
and comment on Executive Committee electronic ballots. For this
purpose, an electronic mail distribution system shall be implemented
for EC balloting. Any individual shall be permitted to subscribe to
this distribution system and to access the archives. No vote or
comment shall be considered unless submitted though this distribution
At 23:54 -0500 2005-01-07, Sherman, Matthew J. (US SSA) wrote:
>Dear EC members,
>Attached you will find the text for an LMSC P&P revision ballot on
>EC Voting Rules. This ballot was approved at the Friday November 19,
>2004 EC meeting. The text is identical to that presented at the
>meeting. The purpose and rationale for the ballot are as given in
>the attached ballot document.
>Ballot Duration: 1/8/2005 - 2/8/2005 @ 11:59 PM EST
>WG/TAG chairs, please distribute this P&P revision ballot to your
>groups, and invite them to comment through you.
>Thanks & Regards,
>Matthew Sherman, Ph.D.
>Senior Member Technical Staff
>BAE SYSTEMS, CNIR
>Office: +1 973.633.6344
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