Policy - BEDFA

POLICY: BEDFA

EFFECTIVE DATE: 7/7/10

CANCELS SHEET DATED: NEW

REVIEWED BY POLICY COMMITTEE: 5/18/10

 

 

 

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 pecuniary interest in the matter being voted on.

 

Legal Reference: 30 MRSA § 2605 et seq.

 

Cross Reference: BCB - Board Member Conflict of Interest