ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER, cont. Voting on a Motion: (continued)              3.       By General Consent – when a motion is not likely to be opposed, the Chairman says, “if there is no objection …”  The membership shows agreement by their silence, however if one member say, “I object,” the item must be put to a vote.                         4.       By Division – this is a slight verification of a voice vote.  It does not require a count unless the Chairman so desires. Members raise their hands or stand.                                         5.       By Ballot – Members write their vote on a slip of paper, this method is used when secrecy is desired.  There are two other motions that are commonly used that relate to voting:                       1.   Motion to table – this motion is often used in an attempt to “kill” a motion. The option is always present, however,    to “take from the table”, for reconsideration by the membership.                       2.   Motion to Postpone Indefinitely – this is often used as a means of parliamentary strategy and allows opponents    of motion to test their strength without an actual vote being taken.  Also, debate is once again open on the main motion. Parliamentary Procedure is the best way to get things done at your meetings. But it will only work if you use it properly.                 1.       Allow motions that are in order.            2.       Have members obtain the floor properly.             3.       Speak clearly and concisely           4.       Obey the Rules of debate             Most importantly, BE COURTEOUS Meeting Rules of Order