Re: Counting votes
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 17:59:30 -0800 (PST)
At Cornerstone in Cambridge, MA, we seek first to use classical consensus for 
all decisions at the plenary level.  In this process, all individual members 
have the right to voice objection, and all objections must be addressed and 
resolved before a proposal is adopted.  But ...
     If it proves impossible to resolve all objections, then we may choose to 
go to a 75% super-majority vote.  In this case, each dwelling unit (not each 
member) has one vote, and so long as we still have quorum, the 75% threshold is 
calculated against the denominator of participating households (a number 
usually less than the 32 households of our community).  No proxies or absentee 
ballots are allowed.

Philip Dowds

> On Feb 3, 2014, at 5:41 PM, johnrichmond50 <johnrichmond50 [at]> 
> wrote:
> Another question: How do you count people who are from multiple 
> unrelated-adult households in your community?  Do you have one vote per 
> household, each person having one vote/voice,  or do you do something 
> different? I would think that this would have more application to communities 
> that use a modified consensus or super-majority system as we do, but you 
> never know. ..
> Thanks
> John Richmond,  Richmond Cohousing
> Sent from my Galaxy S®III
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