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If you do not have a quorum can you set the date for another meeting to collect more votes to adopt a bylaw amendment?

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If you have a special meeting and you have quroum present, but not enough votes in favor of the bylaw amendment (which was the sole item on the agenda of the special meeting), may a majority of the members present in person or by proxy adjourn the meeting to another date to collect more votes?

Dear Ursula,

If I understand you correctly, the members had a special meeting and voted on bylaw. The proposed amendment was defeated. So the answer to your question is no. An adjourned meeting is a continuation of the special meeting. The members decided not to adopt. The rule is that you cannot decide a question twice in the same meeting unless it is substantially a new motion. Continuing the meeting to gather more votes, would be decided the same question at the same meeting. What those who want the bylaw amendment need to do is present it again at another meeting. If they want it adopted they need to beat the bushes to get out the vote at that meeting.

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Question submitted by Ursula on June 24, 2013