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

I agree with these comments completely.

Norman Walsh wrote:

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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,
>                                          norm
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