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This provision is common as it also used by the City of Snellville, Adairsville, Jefferson, Tybee Island, and Euharlee, among others. The reasoning behind the affirmative vote due to abstention is that it prevents people from abstaining to deadlock a vote. It ensures that council members are not willfully neglecting their responsibility to the people. It also deters councilors from engaging in agreements that would create a conflict of interest.