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The board was voting on a motion. Afterwards, the chairman realized one of the board members did not raise his hand in favor or against the motion, nor did the member declare he was abstaining from voting. In a subsequent email to the board, the chairman asked the member in question to make clear what his vote was. This....doesn't seem ok. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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Abstaining is simply not voting; it doesn't require a declaration if you're simply voting by a show of hands. That the member didn't vote (abstained) seems reasonably clear.

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5 minutes ago, Guest mvm said:

The board was voting on a motion. Afterwards, the chairman realized one of the board members did not raise his hand in favor or against the motion, nor did the member declare he was abstaining from voting. In a subsequent email to the board, the chairman asked the member in question to make clear what his vote was. This....doesn't seem ok. Any thoughts? Thanks.

You're right. It's not okay.  The member did not vote, so there is no need to make anything clearer.  A member who does not respond to a call for either Yes or No, or even remains silent after an (incorrect) call for abstentions, has abstained.  Not voting is abstaining.

Abstentions should not be called for, counted, or recorded (except in rare circumstances).

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