During the Members Assembly, most motions are discussed for only ten or fifteen minutes. After this debate takes place, each eligible member will use three colored cards (green, yellow and red).
During the General Assembly eligible members shall be free to demonstrate their reaction to the proceedings by raising one of the colored cards.
The cards are to be used as follows:
- Green indicates agreement or support, and an affirmative vote;
- Red indicates disagreement and a negative vote;
- Yellow indicates a point of order, an abstention, a call to limit debate by calling the question, or a call to move to the next item or speaker.
The FSC Statutes establish that:
- “The General Assembly shall strive to adopt decision by consensus.
- Consensus is defined as the absence of sustained opposition but does not require unanimity.
- In case of a vote, a decision is made when: 1. a quorum of more than 50% of the voting power of the members of each of the chambers referred to in the Statutes of the Organization is present (either physically or by proxy), and when 2. the affirmative vote of a simple majority of the voting power registered by members in good standing less votes abstaining in each chamber present at the time of the vote is reached, and when 3. the affirmative vote of two thirds of the voting power of all members in good standing present at the time of the vote less votes abstaining is reached
- and this constitutes the absence of sustained opposition.”
- The Statutes of the Organization provide for the manner in which such voting power will be calculated