Casting vote

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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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A source says: "Jason was disappointed with the decision and that was down to Torvill and Dean, and Jayne having the casting vote.
Mr Huxtable used his casting vote in favour of the resolution to approve his own remuneration.
Three members of the appeal board decided I wasn't guilty, and two thought I was, so it was all down to the chairman, who had the casting vote.
While most of my colleagues have planned their annual holidays either in July-August or in December, I don't see any of them advancing their annual vacation just for casting votes," said a community member.
caused many to stand in line for hours to finally go home without casting vote
The Act has introduced a new requirement that shareholder resolutions must be taken by either a simple majority at a meeting of members or by written resolution - removing the ability of a chairman to exercise a casting vote in the event of a deadlock.
The legal team ruled the casting vote was made on behalf of the entire committee and that the overdevelopment reason would remain.
We checked and re-checked the votes, but it still came down to a casting vote.
The legal basis of the casting vote is found in section 49 of the Constitution Act (BNA Act), 1867.
In a statement issued ``to avoid any future confusion'' Lord Elis-Thomas said standing orders stated the casting vote must be used ``in the negative where further discussion is not possible``.
But he issued a statement yesterday to explain why he used his casting vote against the government on Tuesday.
The vote on the Suzuki motion was evenly split in the 25-member committee and the casting vote of Hatoyama, who is from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was decisive in rejecting it.