How is a vote taken?
Many Town Meeting votes are by voice. The moderator asks that all in favor say, "AY" and then all opposed, "No." The Moderator listens and determines which side prevailed. If he cannot determine which side prevails or is questioned by at least seven Town Meeting Members, he will ask all in favor to stand. They are counted. Next, all voters who are opposed are asked to stand. They are counted. The Moderator will announce which side prevails by counted vote. In rare cases, Town meeting can vote to have a "roll call" if requested by 20 Town Meeting Members, all Town Meeting Members are called by name and asked how they choose to vote. Town Meeting can only vote to have a "secret ballot" with a motion made for such purpose and approved by a 2/3rds majority. For more information please call 508-495-7360.

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1. What is the difference between an Annual Town Meeting and a Special Town Meeting?
2. How do I become a Town Meeting Member?
3. How do I place an article on the Town Meeting Warrant?
4. What is the quorum for a Town Meeting?
5. Is attendance taken?
6. Do I need to know "parliamentary" procedure to attend a Town Meeting?
7. Who may speak at Town Meeting?
8. Who may vote at Town Meeting?
9. How is a vote taken?
10. What is a Blanket Vote?
11. How do I make a motion or amendment?
12. How is the budget considered?
13. Can an article be reconsidered?
14. Who are the people on stage at Town Meeting?