Comments: Women Bishops - diocesan debate - 22 October

Whereas in other diocese voters have left before considering the following motion, am I correct in my figures when I write that in this case a couple of latecomers arrived?

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Sunday, 23 October 2011 at 9:43pm BST

Not necessarily, Martin. There is no requirement that the numbers voting should add up to the numbers present (although they can't exceed it). In other words, no one is required to cast their vote. Equally, no one who does not vote either for or against the motion being debated is required to *indicate* that s/he has abstained. The numbers shown in the table as having abstained are only those who actually raised their hands when the call for abstentions was made (or, on a secret ballot, handed in a blank paper).

Posted by RPNewark at Monday, 24 October 2011 at 9:23am BST

Two bishops?

Posted by Feria at Monday, 24 October 2011 at 11:02am BST

Feria

The two bishops are the diocesan (Bishop of Ely) and the suffragan (Bishop of Huntingdon).

Posted by Peter Owen at Monday, 24 October 2011 at 7:59pm BST

Thanks Peter.

Posted by Feria at Monday, 24 October 2011 at 10:22pm BST

I have just corrected the voting figures for the following motion; it appears that two people were counted twice.

As a result the total votes recorded for each motion were the same (70), although without lists of names we cannot be sure that they were the same 70 people in each case.

Posted by Peter Owen at Tuesday, 1 November 2011 at 10:31am GMT

And to correct Peter's correction: there were 90 (not 70) votes recorded (including abstentions) at each of the two motions. I'm not aware that anyone either left or entered the meeting room between the two votes, so unless there were differing unrecorded abstentions, I think we can assume that the same people voted on both motions.

Simon K (who was present, and who voted and spoke)

Posted by Simon Kershaw at Tuesday, 1 November 2011 at 11:02pm GMT
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