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General rules for Parliament voting
The following guidelines for votings can be drawn from Parliament Voting #1 and preceding discussions:
In a letter to a Speaker, MLP Matthew Sinclair has set up a formalized outline for rules, which would apply for initiation of a voting:
An issue can be added to the Parliament's Voting Agenda by REQUEST of a CITIZEN or DEMAND of an MLP. A citizen's request shall have an overview of the case. If the request include a request for voting, the request shall specify whether the voting be OPEN CITIZEN or CLOSED MLP.
REQUESTS should be sent to any MLP or to the Speaker of the 1st Chamber. In the case the request is sent to an MLP, the MLP can then DEMAND the issue be added to the Voting Agenda or can forward it to the Speaker with comments. The Speaker of the 1st Chamber, with MLP advisements, shall decide what cases are made OPEN CITIZEN or CLOSED MLP votes.
In the case of subsequent chambers of Parliament, the speakers shall discuss/vote amongst themselves and their respective chambers whether the voting should be OPEN or CLOSED
Voting is reserved for MLPs ONLY, unless the voting is opened to all Ladonian CITIZENS by order of the Speaker of the 1st Chamber.
In the case of an OPEN CITIZEN vote, the Parliament shall DISCUSS the OPEN VOTE and then hold a subsequent CLOSED MLP vote. The results of this vote shall be the Parliament's official view on the case.
The winner of a vote shall have "Over 50% Majority." In the case of multiple outcomes with none constituting "Over 50%," PURE majority shall decide winner.
A voting, whether OPEN or CLOSED shall be open for ONE week. In the case of an important issue, the SPEAKER shall decide whether the voting shall be EXTENDED.
If a case is voted on in an OPEN CITIZEN vote and then CLOSED MLP vote and the results differ, a NEW OPEN CITIZEN vote shall be held, with the RESULTS of that vote DECIDING the Parliament's official view on the case.
The PARLIAMENT'S OFFICIAL VIEW on a case shall be forwarded to the CABINET once REASONABLE discussion and voting on the case has taken place. An EXCEPTION is made when the case is INTERNAL.
Summary of Section I
An MLP can DEMAND an issue be voted on. A citizen can REQUEST an issue be voted on. When a citizen REQUESTs a case be voted on, they must also specify whether they want the issue to be an OPEN CITIZEN vote or CLOSED MLP vote.
If a citizen sends the request to an MLP directly, the MLP can either DEMAND it be put on the voting agenda or can forward it to the Speaker with their comments on the case. The Speaker of the 1st Chamber, after being advised by MLPs, will decide which one the vote will be.
If there is more than one chamber, the speakers will talk amongst themselves and also be advised by the MLPs of the respective chambers. The SPEAKERS will then decide amongst themselves what the vote will be (pure majority of an INFORMAL vote).
Summary of Section II
Only MLPs can vote unless the Speaker opens it to all citizens.
Once an OPEN vote is done, Parliament will discuss the case and then vote in a CLOSED MLP vote. Those results are the Parliament's official view on the case.
Whatever gets more than 50% in a vote wins. If nothing gets the required 50%, pure majority (the one with the most votes) wins.
Voting takes place for ONE week, unless the Speaker extends it.
If the results differ for an OPEN vote and it's CLOSED vote, then a new OPEN vote is held with THOSE results being the Parliament's official view.
Once all voting and discussion is done (or at least a reasonable amount), the Parliament's official view is sent to the Cabinet. The idea is that the Cabinet will use it in governing Ladonia. An exception is made for internal cases.