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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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He pointed out that the Conservatives, as recently as the March budget meeting, tabled a proposal for the service to be placed in trust but this was voted down by Labour.
Opposition AMs made a similar attempt in March, which was also voted down by Labour AMs - with the party saying it would be "constitutionally inappropriate" for backbench MPs to be interviewed by the committee on devolved matters.
In 2011, they voted down amendments that called on Congress to accept that climate change is real, manmade, and a human health threat.
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The Swiss people decisively voted down a sweeping anti-gun proposal this February.
Ministers from the Union of Greens and Farmers and For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK's Kaspars Gerhards abstained, therefore, the motion from New Era was voted down. A final decision has been put off until next week.
ATLANTA -- Home Depot investors voted down a resolution that would have required the company to develop an energy efficiency plan.
Dear Editor, Is the election of new Speaker Mr Bercow any more than political spin from all the politicians, not especially relevant, with or without a wig, because as the last one pointed out it was the MPs who voted down proposals from the Public Estimates Committee that expenses should no longer be vetted internally.
Despite reducing the maximum boat size from 37 metres to 20 metres and capping height at 5.75 metres, the amended proposal was voted down 7-5.
But a bid for pounds 1.5m from the capital programme for 2009/10 to expand secondary education in Ingleby Barwick was voted down.