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VOTE. Suffrage; the voice of an individual in making a choice by many. The total number of voices given at an election; as, the presidential vote.
     2. Votes are either given, by ballot, v.) or viva voce; they may be delivered personally by the voter himself, or, in some cases, by proxy. (q.v.)
     3. A majority (q.v.) of the votes given carries the question submitted, unless in particular cases when the constitution or laws require that there shall be a majority of all the voters, or when a greater number than a simple majority is expressly required; as, for example in the case of the senate in making treaties by the president and senate, two-thirds of the senators present must concur. Vide Angell on Corpor. Index, h.t.
     4. When the votes are equal in number, the proposed measure is lost.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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We consider the effects of three treatment variables: voting rule (majority or unanimity), group size, and effect of a straw poll. In each treatment we consider individual and group behavior.
The Iowa straw polls took place while I was in the area (actually I was a thousand miles away, but out West that's considered close), and I was able to observe history in the making.
"We met our expectations and we won this straw poll the Iowa way - neighbour to neighbour," Mr Bush said in a victory statement immediately after the results were announced.
Straw poll or pork poll or regular poll; just try it.
Some candidates privately said the results of the second straw poll will be key in their decision to stay in the race.
The straw poll is three months away, but it was front and center Saturday evening at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Dinner, where party leaders stressed how vital it is to the state's outsize influence in the nominating process.
The Manassas Tea Party conducted the straw poll to survey audience opinion after hearing the candidates' responses to a wide range of questions.
Straw polls taken years in advance of an election have a poor record of prediction.
I've done a straw poll of my chums and we have concluded that this blissful result can either be achieved by the recommended technique of spending 20 minutes of close contact snuggling and stroking.
But a straw poll has revealed that they would back it.
When Representatives Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Ron Paul of Texas finished at the top of the August Iowa straw poll, the media chose to cover the Bachmann candidacy alone.
According to the poll, Bachmann, who won the Ames Straw Poll in August, showed the steepest drop in votes, Politico reports.