Can I Abstain? Oregon Law and Meetings of Directors

Under Oregon law, for both condominium associations and homeowner associations, it is important for directors to note that if a director is present at a meeting of the board at which action is taken on any association matter, that director is presumed to have assented to the action unless the director votes against the action or abstains from voting on the action because the director claims a conflict of interest.  This is important for directors to keep in mind because inaction means approval, not disapproval. Further, for those who are taking meeting minutes during a board meeting, when action is taken on any matter at a board meeting, the vote or abstention of each director present must be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.