Various forms of voting are in use. The simplest and most common is the voice vote, in which those in favor say aye and those opposed say no. The chairman determines the result from the sound or volume of the voice. Other forms of voting are raising the hands, rising, standing in different parts of the room, recording the yeas and nays, and by tellers. The vote by rising or by standing in different parts of the room is known as a division.
Division Venerable Prytanis (or Frater…At this point the member who arose to a point of order, or any other member, may rise, and without waiting to be recognized, say, "Venerable Prytanis, I appeal from the decision of the chair." Whereupon the Prytanis says, "Shall the decision of the chair stand as the decision of the chapter?" The question is now open for debate and may be discussed freely by any members. The presiding officer is at liberty to discuss this question without leaving the chair. At the conclusion of the debate a vote is taken in the same manner as on other questions. If the presiding officer is sustained, his decision stands. Otherwise, he yields to the wish of the majority and proceeds accordingly.
Changing a Motion When it is desired to change a motion which is regularly before a chapter, by unanimous consent, the maker may change it, the seconded giving his consent. Instead, however, any member, on being recognized, may propose an amendment to the motion. The amendment, if seconded, is debatable and should be voted on in the same way as any other motion. If carried, it becomes part of the original motion. The original motion as amended should then be considered as a whole and disposed of. While the amendment to the amendment, which, if seconded, should be voted on, and which, if carried, becomes a part of the amendment. The amendment, as amended, is then put to a vote, and, if carried, it becomes part of the original motion. The motion, as amended, should then be put to a vote.
Adjourn A motion to adjourn is not in order at formal Teke chapter meetings.
Commit or Refer to a Committee If a motion becomes involved through amendments, or in any other way, or is unexpectedly introduced and not well understood by the members, a motion may be passed referring it to a committee for further consideration. The motion to commit is intended to take the subject from the main body and transfer it to the consideration of a smaller number, or to the whole number acting under broader privileges than those of the formal body.
The form of the motion is as follows: "I move that the (matter, motion, or whatever the proposition may be) be referred to a committee (indicating the character of the committee)." The motion to commit may be made as soon as the matter is introduced or after there has been discussion or amendment, or when any other stage in the consideration has been reached. This motion may be made while an amendment is pending, and it is debatable. It is amendable only as to the membership of the committee, its place of meeting, or other similar details. The effect of the adoption of the motion to commit is to end the consideration of the matter in the chapter, and to pass it over to the designated committee.
The motion to recommit is the same as to commit, except that it refers to a matter which has already been reported by a committee.
Lie on the Table If at any time a chapter does not wish to consider further a motion which is before it, or wishes to dispose of the question permanently without allowing it to come to a vote, a motion may be introduced that the question lie on the table. The motion is neither debatable nor amendable, and permanently disposes of the question until a majority see fit to take it up again.
Postpone to a Certain Time A motion to postpone the question before the chapter to some definite future time is in order, except when a speaker has the floor. It is debatable as to the question of postponement only.
Reconsider A member who voted with the majority on a motion may, on the same day or at the same session in which the motion was disposed of, make a motion to reconsider the previous motion. Such a motion can be made in the midst of debate and when another member has the floor, but cannot be considered while another motion is pending. However, when it is taken up, it has precedence over every other motion except a motion to adjourn (in regular assemblies where the motion to adjourn is allowed). If the original question was debatable, the motion to reconsider is debatable, but not otherwise. If the motion is carried, the original question is before the chapter for consideration. If a motion to reconsider is entered on the minutes, it need not be acted upon at that meeting, but it must be acted upon at the meeting following or it is lost.
Take from the Table A motion to take from the table a question which lies there may be made at any time under the head of unfinished business. If adopted, it cannot be reconsidered; if lost, it can be reconsidered. It cannot be amended, is not debatable, and does not open the main question to debate.
Previous Question If debate on any question becomes tiresome or is long drawn out, any member may rise and, when recognized, say, "I move the previous question." If this motion is seconded, the presiding officer says, "Shall the main question be now put? All those in favor signify it by the usual sign. Opposed, by the proper sign." If the vote on the previous question is in the affirmative, a vote on the main question shall follow immediately. If the vote on the previous question is negative, the discussion continues as if the motion on the previous question had not been made. The previous question takes precedence of all subsidiary motions except the motion to lie on the table. It is neither debatable nor amendable, and requires a two-thirds vote for adoption.
To Limit Debate A motion to limit debate to a certain number of minutes for each person on each side may be made, if there is a tendency to prolong debate unnecessarily.