Mayor withholds casting vote

CastingVoteIn relation to Clr. Saville’s recent motion regarding ‘fracking’ the vote was equal, an number for and against. The Mayor had voted against the motion. The Mayor elected not to use her casting vote. That being the case, the motion is deemed lost. This is the first time in decades (or maybe ever in Council’s history) that a casting vote, when available, has not been cast.

When a vote is tied the Chair can cast a second vote to break the tie. It is completely up to the chair how that vote is cast. It can either be for or against the motion. In Westminster Parliament there is a ‘constitutional convention’ the second vote of the Chair is cast in favour of the status quo. However, indur Council’s code of meeting practice this is not required.

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