Glossary

Quorum

Definition

The quorum refers to the minimum number of members required to be present at a meeting in order to conduct official business.

Why is a quorum necessary for conducting official business?‍

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A quorum ensures that decisions made during a meeting are representative of the group as a whole. It prevents a small number of individuals from making decisions on behalf of the entire group.

What happens if a meeting does not have a quorum?‍

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If a meeting does not have the required quorum, it cannot proceed with official business. Any decisions made in the absence of a quorum may be considered invalid.

How is the quorum determined?‍

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The quorum is typically defined in the organization's bylaws or governing documents. It may be a specific number or a percentage of the total membership.

Can the quorum requirement be changed?‍

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In most cases, the quorum requirement can only be changed through a formal amendment to the organization's bylaws. This usually requires a vote by the members.

What happens if the quorum is lost during a meeting?‍

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If the quorum is lost during a meeting, the meeting may need to be adjourned or suspended until a quorum can be reestablished. The decisions made up to that point may still be valid, depending on the organization's rules.

Are there any exceptions to the quorum requirement?‍

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Some organizations may have specific exceptions to the quorum requirement for certain types of meetings or decisions. These exceptions are usually outlined in the organization's bylaws.

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