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  • Section B: Board Governance and Operations


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 pecuniary interest in the matter being voted on or when voting on minutes from a meeting for which they were not in attendance.

Legal Reference: 30 MRSA § 2605 et seq. 

Cross Reference: BCB - Board Member Conflict of Interest

BEDF - Voting Method 

Adopted: 06/01/09

Reviewed: 05/15/17

Revised: 7/25/22


  • Section B