RULES OF THE HOUSE
STATE OF HAWAII
THE NINETEENTH STATE LEGISLATURE
(1997-1998)



PART X. VOTING
Rule 51. Voting: Methods

51.1. There shall be five methods of ascertaining the
decision of the House on any matter: first, by voice
vote; second, by raising of hands; third, by
standing; fourth, by call of the roll of members,
each of whose votes shall be recorded by the Clerk;
and fifth, by unanimous consent.

51.2. When the House is ready to vote on any question, the
Speaker shall rise, state the question, and ask all
those who wish to vote yes on the question say "aye"
in a clear, loud voice. The Speaker then shall ask
all those who wish to vote no on the question say
"no" likewise. The Speaker shall announce the
decision of the House after the Clerk has announced
the result of the voting of the House, except that
the Clerk shall not announce the decision of the
House after a voice vote.

51.3. With the unanimous consent of the House, the Speaker
may direct the Clerk to record an aye for each member
of the House. If there is no objection, the Clerk
shall so record the vote. If there is objection, the
Speaker shall ask for the names of the members voting
no, and order the Clerk to record no votes for them.
A vote shall not be recorded for any member who is
not present at the time the vote is taken.


Rule 52. Voting: Rights of Members; Restrictions

52.1. In case of a voice vote, if one-fifth of the members
present doubt the result the Speaker announces, they
may ask for a show of hands. The Speaker then shall
state again the question and ask those who wish to
vote yes on the question to raise their hands. The
Clerk then shall count the number voting yes and
report the result to the Speaker. The Speaker then
shall ask those who wish to vote no to raise their
hands likewise. The Clerk shall count the no votes
and report the result to the Speaker. The Speaker
then shall announce the result to the House.

52.2. In case of a show of hands, if one-fifth of the
members present doubt the result the Speaker
announces, they may ask for a standing vote. The
Speaker then shall state the question again, and ask
those who wish to vote yes to stand up and remain
standing until the Clerk counts their votes and
reports the result to the Speaker. The Speaker then
shall ask those who wish to vote no to stand
likewise. The Clerk shall report the result to the
Speaker and the Speaker shall announce it to the
House.

52.3. Any time one-fifth of the members present request it,
the Clerk shall call the roll of members of the House
to determine their vote on a question. Each member
who wishes to vote yes on the question shall say
"aye" in a loud, clear voice when his or her name is
called by the Clerk. Each member who wishes to vote
no on the question shall say "no" likewise.

52.4. No member shall refrain from voting unless excused by
the Speaker.

52.5. The Speaker may excuse a member who has a monetary
interest in the question, or whose right to a seat in
the House will be affected by the question, or whose
official conduct is involved in the question. If a
member thinks he or she may have such a personal
interest in the question, the member shall rise and
disclose the interest to the Speaker. The Speaker
then shall rule whether the member has such a
personal interest in the question to be excused from
voting.

52.6. When voting is by roll call, no member may explain
his or her vote, unless the House permits it by
unanimous consent.

52.7. No member may vote or change his or her vote after
the Speaker has announced the result of voting.

52.8. Any member who refuses (including the "kanalua"
response) three times to vote when ordered to do so
will be considered to have voted aye, and the Clerk
shall record an aye vote for the member.


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