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TIE VOTE BY DIRECTORS

QUESTION: If a board vote results in a tie because the president abstains from a vote, can the president at a later date cast her vote and break the tie?

ANSWER:
The president cannot, after the vote was taken and the meeting adjourned, cast a vote to break the tie. The motion failed when one director abstained and the board deadlocked 2-2.
On a tie vote, a motion requiring a majority vote for adoption is lost, since a tie is not a majority. (Robert's Rules, 11th ed., p. 405.)
Under limited circumstances, the matter may be brought up for reconsideration. At that point, the president can cast her vote.

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