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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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With a view to implement the agreement entered between Srimavo Bandaranaiake and Lal Bahdhur Shastri, the prime Minister of India, in October 1964, popularly known as, 'Srima-Shastri Pact,' dealing with the 'stateless' and 'voteless' Tamils of the Indian origin.
Never forget the place of females in the early 1900s, powerless and voteless, whose only assets if they had no inherited wealth were their looks and their hopes of marrying a good man.
ONCE more your columnist Nicola Barry is the voice for the homeless, hopeless, voteless, down-and-outs in society.
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Women, with some minor exceptions, have had an equal role in all aspects of Quaker life, witness and business procedures from the beginning; and they have consistently been leaders in the efforts to attain equal political rights.(8) Every Quaker -- regardless of age, race, education, property or gender -- participates in their voteless decisions.
The size of the national debt is used as the reason for not voting to aid the most disadvantaged segment of American society--the "voteless" children.
Those who are voteless cannot be expected to continue paying taxes to a government that is not responsible to them.
The word "downtrodden" reinforced the stereotype that humorless Marxists still think in cliched images of nineteenth century superexploitation of voteless proletarians.
I come in?' for one exposed a smiling Fat riding the horse-drawn cart of federation carrying politicians, lawyers and imperialist types; alongside, a bedraggled and 'voteless' bush worker looks perplexed by the goings on (see Figure 12).