Section 57 - Chair reads the motion

When necessary, the Chair reads each Motion before putting it to a vote.

Section 58 - Members present duty to vote

  1. Every Member present at a Meeting must vote on every matter put to a vote, except any Member who declares a conflict of interest and removes himself or herself from the vote.
  2. The Chief Financial & Administration Officer records as voting in the negative any Member present at a Meeting who does not vote, except a Member who has declared a conflict of interest.
  3. Unless the Procedures By-law specifies otherwise, a Motion passes when a majority of Members present vote for it.
  4. A Motion does not pass if the same number of Members vote for it as against it.

Section 59 - Order of motions for voting

  1. Unless decided otherwise by the Commission, and subject to Section 59(B), the Chair, in consultation with the Chief Financial & Administration Officer, lists all Motions on a matter for voting in the following order:
    (1) Motion to Refer;
    (2) Motion to Defer;
    (3) Motion to Receive;
    (4) Motion to Amend, dealing with an amendment to an amendment immediately before the amendment it proposes to amend;
    (5) Main Motion, or the main Motion as amended, if any amendments have carried; and
    (6) Separating the vote on the “main Motion, as amended” into more than one part, which may only be done to comply with the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
  2. Despite Section 59(A), when an amendment changes numbers, the amendments are put to a vote in ascending order dealing with the smallest number first.

Section 60 - Dividing motions into parts

  1. If a matter under consideration contains distinct propositions, a Member may request that Members vote on each proposition separately.
  2. If the Chair agrees that the matter contains distinct propositions, the Chair will rule that Members vote on each proposition separately.

Section 61 - Voting Procedures

  1. Members must:
    (1) Be in their seats when the Motion is put to a vote; and
    (2) Be silent and remain in their seats until the Chair announces the result of the vote.
  2. When necessary, the Chair reads the Motion.
  3. When the Motion is put to a vote, a Member may not speak on, or make a Motion on, the matter.
  4. Subject to Section 62(C), Members vote by a show of hands.
  5. The Chair or the Chief Financial & Administration Officer declares the result of the vote.

Section 62 - Recorded votes

  1. A Member may request a Recorded Vote on any matter and must make the request immediately before or after the vote is taken.
  2. If the request for a Recorded Vote is made immediately after the vote is taken, the first vote is nullified and a second, Recorded Vote must be held.
  3. When a Member requests a Recorded Vote, the Chief Financial & Administration Officer records the name and vote of every member on the matter.