Queuing and Executing Proposals

Once voting ends, a proposal is not done! If a proposal passed, there are still more steps to take before it’s executed. A successful Governor proposal still needs to be queued—if the DAO uses a Timelock—and then executed.

What does it mean to “Queue” a proposal?

Queue prepares a proposal for execution. The queue action sends the proposal to the Timelock contract, which starts the countdown until the proposal can be executed.

Someone needs to call the queue() function because the EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) does not support scheduled or automatic calls. Every call must be kicked off by a user.

If a Governor does not have a Timelock, then proposals don’t need to be queued. They can be executed as soon as the proposal passes.

Who can queue a proposal?

Generally, anyone can queue a proposal that has passed! The only exception is that some custom Governor contracts limit who can call queue().

How long will the proposal be queued?

This depends on the Timelock Delay of the Timelock contract. You can check that delay on Etherscan until Tally adds it to the DAO page.


What does it mean to “Execute” a proposal?

Executing a proposal runs its function calls on-chain. Each proposal is associated with one or more function calls, which are visible in the Executable Code section of the Proposal page. These calls can do things like transfer assets from the treasury, update parameters of the Governor itself, change or upgrade a DeFi protocol, or call another smart contract.

Who can execute a proposal?

Generally, anyone can execute a proposal that has passed! The only exception is when a custom Governor contract limits who can call execute().

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