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Umlaufweg(e)

English translation: by polling, by circular motion, by (on) circulation

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GLOSSARY ENTRY (DERIVED FROM QUESTION BELOW)
German term or phrase:Umlaufweg(e)
English translation:by polling, by circular motion, by (on) circulation
Entered by: Dan McCrosky
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03:13 May 8, 2001
German to English translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial
German term or phrase: Umlaufweg(e)
This term is again mostly used in Austrian German, which I normally do not touch with a ten-foot pole, but my customer here in Hamburg slipped this one past me.

The context:

" … Beschlüsse können auch im Umlaufwege gefasst werden. …"

It concerns voting by the members of a group when there is not enough time to call a meeting or when a quorum cannot be reached at a physical meeting. It is somewhat like "absentee balloting" where the member may or must vote by telephone, fax, postal mail, or email. This URL explains what it is but I still do not have an English translation for the term:

http://oeh.tu-graz.ac.at/dokumentation/satzung/entw1.html

"… Abstimmung im Umlaufweg
(1) Der Vorsitzende kann Abstimmungen im Umlaufweg über Angelegenheiten und Gegenstände verfügen, bei denen infolge der Dringlichkeit noch vor der nächstfolgenden Sitzung eine Beschlussfassung geboten erscheint.
(2) Auf Verlangen von mindestens einem Fünftel der Mandatare hat der Vorsitzende schnellstmöglich einen Umlaufbeschluss in die Wege zu leiten. Sofern binnen 10 Werktagen keine Zustellung des Umlaufstückes erfolgt ist, sind die Mandatare selbst zur Durchführung der Abstimmung im Umlaufweg berechtigt.
(3) Das Umlaufstück hat für jeden einzelnen Gegenstand einen zumindest kurz begründeten Antrag zu enthalten und ist so abzufassen, dass über jeden einzelnen Gegenstand mit JA, ENTHALTUNG oder NEIN abgestimmt werden kann. Das Umlaufstück ist den Mandataren nachweislich zuzustellen. Die Mandatare haben ihre Entscheidung dem Vorsitzenden umgehend zukommen zu lassen. Das Abstimmungsergebnis und die abstimmenden Mandatare sind zu dokumentieren. …"

I would prefer not to write:

"Decisions may also be taken by postal or email, fax or telephone balloting."

There must be something more elegant. Is the right translation perhaps:

"Decisions may also be taken by absentee balloting."

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TIA

Dan
Dan McCrosky
Local time: 23:18
by polling
Explanation:
Decisions may also be reached by polling the membership
Selected response from:

gangels
Local time: 15:18
Grading comment
I may get burned for this but I liked this answer better than the others because it sounded more modern, was easier to use because the communications method was no longer a problem, returned over 250 mostly pertinent Google hits and did not have such a legalese ring as "circular" or "circulation".

Thank you everyone,

Dan

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Summary of answers provided
naBy ProxyElizabeth van der Veen
naby pollinggangels
navoting by circular motion/letter/resolutionberelin
navoting by circulationBeth Kantus


  

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34 mins
voting by circulation


Explanation:
Sorry I don't have time to look into these sites more thoroughly, but take a look at especially the second one (it's a pdf and I am running out of time). This looks like what you're talking about though.
Hope it helps.

http://www.fcc.gov/connectglobe/glossary.html
Quorum
At the FCC, the minimum number of Com-missioners required to be present at a meeting or to participate in voting by circulation before the Commission can validly proceed to transact business. A quorum consists of a majority of the Commissioners.

PDF] www.fcc.gov/connectglobe/regguide.pdf
... and rules. They also may vote on issues between meetings by "circulation," a procedure
whereby a document is submitted simultaneously to each Commissioner for ...




Beth Kantus
United States
Local time: 17:18
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 924
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39 mins
voting by circular motion/letter/resolution


Explanation:

The standard translation for this seems to be passing resolutions by ‘circular letter’.
I have in fact used this translation a couple of times myself (it's also a modus which you can use under German law).
looking for references I found a great semi-official translation of the Lichtenstein (!) Companies Act, which may prove generally useful as, if I remember rightly, Lichtenstein law is basically Swiss law:

“Where the law or the articles do not determine to the contrary, resolutions of the bodies may also be passed by written assent to a motion put forward (resolution by circular letter) if a member ofthe body does not demand verbal deliberation” (Lichtenstein Companies Act)
http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:www.pgr.li/cd/en/PRINT/...

and:

Resolutions of the Board of Directors may also be passed by circular letter.
http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:www.kaba.com/e/stat/sta...

another alternative (unfortunately also seems to be translation)

“5. VOTING BY CIRCULAR MOTION If for any reason it is not possible to convene a meeting a decision by mail vote may be made by majority opinion.
http://www.ibsa.es/rules/doc/cap-08d1.txt

The last one gets round the problem of having to specify the medium.



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berelin
Local time: 23:18
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 115

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gangels
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3 hrs
by polling


Explanation:
Decisions may also be reached by polling the membership

gangels
Local time: 15:18
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 5508
Grading comment
I may get burned for this but I liked this answer better than the others because it sounded more modern, was easier to use because the communications method was no longer a problem, returned over 250 mostly pertinent Google hits and did not have such a legalese ring as "circular" or "circulation".

Thank you everyone,

Dan
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5 hrs
By Proxy


Explanation:
If you cannot attend a meeting or need to vote by mail.


    Live in US and husband had to do vote by proxy for a board member
Elizabeth van der Veen
PRO pts in pair: 3
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