Under Robert's Rules of Order, if the chair does not follow proper procedure in calling a vote, but the error does not influence the outcome (e.g. it passes with such an overwhelming majority that it it clear that it would have still passed under proper procedure), should a point of order be raised as soon as the mistake happens or after the vote is over?

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To be valid, a point of order generally needs to be made at the time of the possible Rules violation

Exceptions are where the Rules violation violates the law, where it conflicts with a previously adopted motion (other than a motion to rescind that earlier motion), or where it violates a fundamental principle.

Assuming your example doesn’t do any of those things, then the point of order is moot once the vote has been taken.

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    very similar to courts: Unless raised as soon as it happened or discovered, you can't appeal on such grounds
    – Trish
    Commented Oct 6, 2022 at 11:56

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