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Abstaining from a vote

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Can a board member abstain from a vote for no reason other then dodging an unpopular decision?


Yeah, they can.  It's not good form, but it's pretty common.  In some societies it's pathological.  You can tell it's bad when people start insisting that their abstention be recorded in the minutes, as though it were something to be proud of, or it afforded some protection from criticism.



RONR says:


Although it is the duty of every member who has an opinion on a question to express it by his vote, he can abstain, since he cannot be compelled to vote.

But it's also true that he need not offer a reason for abstaining, and you're not allowed to bug him for one. So it's not easy to prove that anyone is failing to perform that "duty".

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