Create New Motion

The New Motion page gives several options for creating and managing a new motion, from Adding the text of the motion, to adjusting the available answers. We have replicated some of the most common options that clubs make use of when deciding on a vote:

  • Does the vote end on a specific date, or when a majority opinion is reached?
  • How do you define a majority opinion? (Simple majority, 2/3, 3/4, Unanimous)
  • How will member votes be counted? (One member/one vote, or weighted by ownership)
  • Which members / votes are counted (Defining a Quorum)

While most of these options are fairly self-explanatory, the notion of defining a quorum for online voting is a bit trickier than it would be in person.

With this in mind, we use an example of a ten member club to illustrate how the different options can impact the outcome of a vote even when the number of people and the choices they make have not changed.

Imagine a 10 member club, who has left all other options to their defaults as shown in the image here.

For this example the vote is

  • 4 Yes
  • 2 No
  • 2 Abstain
  • 2 Don’t Vote


  • Using the Default - Count all members as being present for the voting, and determine the majority as being comprised of all members. This means all active members listed on the People page are counted, regardless of whether they have a login or not.
    • There would be No Majority because none of the options got 6 or more votes.
  • Count non-voting members as abstentions, and subtract them along with members voting to abstain in order to determine what constitutes a majority. This means only people who voted for one of the options *other* than Abstain, are counted.
    • The vote would show Majority Reached because it’s only counting people who chose Yes or No, and 4 of those chose a single answer
  • Do not count non-voting members as abstentions. Only remove members voting to abstain when determining what constitutes a majority. This is half way between the other two options. Here, members who voted to Abstain are NOT counted as part of the majority, but anyone who did not vote at all IS counted when determining what a majority is.
    • The vote would show No Majority because the total possible votes are 8, and none of the options got more than 4 votes.


In addition, we have added features specifically designed for performing online votes:

  • An option to be alerted by email, when the vote ends
  • An option to use a secret ballot. If this is left blank, all members can sign in, and see how each of them have voted. If you check the secret ballot box, then member names will not be shown when looking at voting results.
  • An option to notify members when you are done setting up the vote. Clicking Save motion and notify members will send out an email to your members, letting them know that a new vote has been posted.


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