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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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When asked if her party was prepared to vote down a Labour Budget, she said: "[We] would be prepared to vote down a Budget if it was pushing, putting forward more cuts on the backs of the poor.
The DPJ-controlled upper house could vote down the bill Friday if the party fails to reach terms with the LDP on an amendment to exempt scandal-hit Shinginko Tokyo, a bank primarily owned by the Tokyo metropolitan government and under fire for lax lending, from public fund injections.
Health Minister Brian Gibbons said the Opposition's plans to vote down the Assembly's budget would stop money getting to hospices.
Constitutional Affairs Secretary Stephen Lam, who lobbied legislators to vote down the motion, insisted on first reaching a consensus on the election model before deciding when it should be carried out.
In mid-November, the House of Commons gave him his first-ever defeat, when Labour Party backbenchers defected to vote down Blair's proposal to lock up suspected terrorists for 90 days without charge.
The former firefighter said he was "dumbfounded" by the House of Commons' decision to vote down the Government's proposal to give police the power to detain terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge.
To their considerable credit, the state's voters ignored the pleas of Republican leaders such as Arizona Senator John McCain, and the state's Democratic Governor, Janet Napolitano, urging them to vote down the measure.