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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cast′ing vote′(n.)

  1. the deciding vote of a presiding officer, made when the other votes are equally divided.

    Category: Government

Origin of casting vote:

1685–95

Princeton's WordNet

  1. casting vote(noun)

    the deciding vote cast by the presiding officer to resolve a tie

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  1. Casting vote

    A casting vote is a vote given to the presiding officer of a council or legislative body 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 the British House of Commons and the Vice President of the United States. In some legislatures, a casting vote may be exercised however the presiding officer wishes. An example is the Vice President of the United States, who may exercise his casting vote in the Senate according to his party affiliation or according to his own personal beliefs. By virtue of the Vice President's casting vote, when the Senate as elected is equally divided between two parties, the Vice President's party automatically becomes the official majority party in the Senate. The exercise of the Vice President's casting vote has become increasingly rare throughout American history as the size of the Senate has grown from 26 to 100 and ties have become less probable. In some other legislatures, by contrast, a casting vote can only be exercised according to strict rules or conventions. For example, the Speaker of the British House of Commons is expected by constitutional convention to follow Speaker Denison's rule, i.e. to vote to allow further discussion, if this is possible, and otherwise to vote against the proposal concerned.


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casting vote

the deciding vote of the chairman of a meeting when the other votes are equally divided.

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