Section 2-53 Voting requirements; abstentions.
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,
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
(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)