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Our board is considering a new contractor.  We decided to interview four company's.  There are seven on the board.  One board member did not attend the interviews, a second only attended one of the four interviews.  Are these two board members eligible to vote for the new contractor?

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Yes, if they are present when the vote is taken. There is never a need to abstain just because they missed some or all of the discussion.

Here is the rule regarding abstentions in RONR:

"No member should vote on a question in which he has a direct personal or pecuniary interest not common to other members of the organization. For example, if a motion proposes that the organization enter into a contract with a commercial firm of which a member of the organization is an officer and from which contract he would derive personal pecuniary profit, the member should abstain from voting on the motion. However, no member can be compelled to refrain from voting in such circumstances. "  RONR (11th ed.), p. 407

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