Maine School Administrative District No. 31
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.
Abstentions are intended for situations where a member may also 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
BEDF- Voting Method