BEDFA Abstentions


An abstention is a non-expression and cannot be considered a vote in favor of or against a motion. 

Each member of a public body has the duty to express a choice or preference by voting on the issues, but can legally abstain from doing so when there is a statutory or ethical conflict of interest. Not to vote is to abstain. 

Abstentions are intended for situations where a member may have a direct or indirect financial interest in the matter being voted on. 

Legal Reference:         30 MRSA § 2605 et seq.

Cross Reference:        BCB - Board Member Conflict of Interest 

Adopted: April 10, 1990
Revised: April 8, 2003
Reviewed: October 28, 2009

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