casting vote

casting vote
Literally, the act of depositing a paper ballot or voting upon a voting machine, but in modern usage, the term means the expression of a choice in any election to choose officers or determine policies and by any means appropriate for the occasion. By the common law, the term sometimes signifies the single vote of a person who never votes, as where the presiding officer is given the casting vote; but in the case of an equality, sometimes the double vote of a person who first votes with the rest, and their, upon an equality, creates a majority by giving a second vote. People v Rector, etc., of Church of the Atonement (NY) 48 Barb 603, 606.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Casting vote — Vote Vote, n. [L. votum a vow, wish, will, fr. vovere, votum, to vow: cf. F. vote. See {Vow}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer. [Obs.] Massinger. [1913 Webster] 2. A wish, choice, or opinion, of a person or a body of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • casting vote — casting .vote n [C usually singular] BrE the vote of the person in charge of a meeting, which can be used to make a decision when there is an equal number of votes supporting and opposing a proposal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Casting vote — A casting vote is a vote given to the presiding officer of a council or legislative body in order to resolve a deadlock and which can be exercised only when such a deadlock exists. Examples of officers who hold casting votes are the Speaker of… …   Wikipedia

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