Prior to the adoption of Ord. 17541 on 01/06/2003, Section 2-53 read as follows.

    (a) Except as provided in section 2-53.1, every member who shall be present when a vote is taken on a question shall vote on the question unless excused by a majority of the council.

    (b) Except as provided in section 2-53.1,Eevery member who intends to abstain shall state the his intentions prior to his vote and his reasons for the abstention, and shall request council permission that he be permitted to abstain. and tThe council shall vote on the request prior to commencement or continuance of the vote.

    (1)    Except for votes under section 29-34(b), Aan abstention shall always be counted with the majority and, if the question before the council requires a super majority for passage, the abstention may shall be counted to reach the required super majority.

    (2)    In the event of an abstention on a tie vote, the abstention shall not be counted with either side to break the tie.

(Code 1964, § 2.240; Ord. No. 10104, § 1, 3-19-84; Ord. No. 13097, § 1, 9-3-91)