Re: Counting votes
From: drmaryann49 (
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:26:38 -0800 (PST)
We also have the possibility of a super-majority vote in the event of the 
failure of consensus—85% of the members present in the plenary. This would only 
happen after a fairly arduous process of trying to reach consensus first. 
Happily, so far it’s never happened. 

Mary Ann
Manzanita Village
where we’re actually hoping for snow—could you send us some of yours?

On Feb 4, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah <welcome [at]> 

> On Feb 4, 2014, at 3:16 AM, cohousing-l-request [at] wrote:
>> We make almost all our decisions by consensus, but by policy, in case of
>> failure of consensus we fall to a vote. In that case, each household has a
>> single vote 
> Similarly:
> RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA ( long-established). 
> Membership is defined as legal ownership. All who are legal owners, one or 
> more per household, are empowered in consensus, individually.
> We have a back-up voting process (only used once in almost 25 years!) which 
> allows one vote per household, and that vote may, optionally, be split 
> proportional to ownership interest. Unless that latter concept is invoked, 
> any member of the owning household may cast the vote for that membership. 
> But like I said, we virtually never have needed the back up voting. 
> Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
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