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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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Measures: the mayor of the commune was unseated, while the APC manager was penalized by "vote of censure" (by the party organization he belonged to--our note).
But the deal has attracted widespread criticism - culminating on Tuesday in the passing of a unanimous vote of censure on the bank by councillors in its home city, Edinburgh.
It is argued there is no precedent for an arrangement such as a vote of censure and a fine, but then the President is in a unique position which may call for the establishment of a new procedure which falls short of the ultimate sanction of dismissal from office.
They plan to pass a vote of censure against her in the Assembly.
THE Bank of Scotland declared war on its home city last night after councillors passed a unanimous vote of censure over its deal with US evangelist Pat Robertson.
Councillors in the bank's home city of Edinburgh passed a unanimous vote of censure on it.
He threatened to quit if he loses a humiliating vote of censure tonight by the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Then there are the EuroMPs, whose vote of censure brought about the commissioners' resignations.