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CASTING VOTE, legislation. The vote given by the president or speaker of a deliberate assembly; when the votes of the other members are equal on both sides, the casting vote then decides the question. Dane's Ab. h.t. CASTRATION, crim. law. The act of gelding. When this act is maliciously performed upon a man, it is a mayhem, and punishable as such, although the sufferer consented to it.
     2. By the ancient law of England this crime was punished by retaliation, membrum pro membro. 3 Inst. 118. It is punished in the United States generally by fine and imprisonment. The civil law punished it with death. Dig. 48, 8, 4, 2. For the French law, vide Code Penal, art. 316. 3. The consequences of castration, when complete, are impotence and sterility. 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 72.

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ACEC stressed that casting votes was a sign of people's participation in the decision making of the government.
The problem should be resolved by declaring Florida too close to call and excluding its electors - and any electors from other states with a similar inconclusive vote total - from casting votes in the electoral college.
Heinz Company (NYSE:HNZ) said today that Heinz retail shareholders with "street name" holdings (shares held through brokers or intermediaries) of approximately 75 million shares have been prevented by a combination of actions by the Trian fund and ADP Proxy Services from casting votes via the Internet or by telephone since Monday, July 17.
When issues such as those mentioned earlier rise to the forefront - the marriage penalty excluded - women, minorities and moderate voters, the overwhelming majority of people casting votes, react negatively to the GOP and flee the party in droves.
Text voting and on-air polling now allow our AT&T Wireless users to participate in such a popular show, as well as provide 'American Idol' with a new medium for casting votes," said Andre Dahan, President of Mobile Multimedia Services, AT&T Wireless.
Gingrich needs a majority of lawmakers casting votes to win re-election.
The co-branded TV and online program is intended to provide a wide range of interactive capabilities such as immediate access to additional information on HSN products, online interaction with HSN hosts, participation in real-time chats, casting votes during live product polling, registering for contests, and simultaneous shopping online with family, friends and other customers.
As with all presentations at the Coursey show, audience members were asked to rate each company on its products and business model, casting votes using interactive scoring pads.