What is a Meeting Motion?

A motion is the central mechanism that directors use to express themselves. A motion is a proposal that the entire board take action or stand on an issue. A motion should express a decision in precise terms that, if approved, will be self-explanatory. Typically a motion must be seconded by another director as a precondition to the discussion. Otherwise, the motion will “die for lack of a second” meaning that the board does not find the motion to be a worthy discussion. A motion can also be amended and, if the amendment is seconded, then the amended motion is also eligible for discussion and a vote.

Meeting Motion Best Practices

There are five methods used to vote by most organizations:

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