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Does a reason need to be stated in detail as to why a voting member is abstaining from the vote?

 

No.  In fact it is improper to ask.   For that matter, it is not proper for any member to "explain" their vote during the voting process. 

 

If any member wants to explain why they intend to vote a certain way or not vote at all, they are free to do so during debate on the motion.  That's all.

 

If an abstention is mandatory to fulfill some legal requirement or custom rule in your organization, then it would okay for the minutes to reflect the relevant facts in order to document compliance with that requirement, but that's nothing RONR would apply to.

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