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Subject: Re: [chairs] Re: Quorum required for good standing

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/ Jon Bosak <Jon.Bosak@sun.com> was heard to say:
| In mail votes the concept of a quorum is meaningless, because in
| mail everyone is always present.


I have no sympathy for people who are too busy to read their email or
too busy to reply to ballots. As far as I'm concerned, that's exactly
the same as showing up for the meeting and not paying any attention.
You snooze, you lose. (Been there, done that. Hard cheese to me.)

I understand that there may be folks whom the chair knows are on
vacation or are taking a leave of absence and therefore could not
reply to a ballot (or attend a meeting if there was one). But if a
quorum of members remain active, I think it's perfectly reasonable to
call a vote and accept that those members will effectively abstain.

If more than half the members of a committee are known to be
unavailable, the chair has no business calling a vote, I guess. But do
we really have to legislate for that?

                                        Be seeing you,

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