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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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Easy to navigate and read, Votes of Confidence is a great addition to all libraries and will appeal to teens and adults as well.
A highly-suspicious press may have reacted sceptically, but given the way in which even wholehearted votes of confidence are often treated, was anyone at Everton surprised that such a lukewarm message should have been received that way?
He said: "I will not be handing out votes of confidence because, when you start doing that, it does nothing for the situation.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian legislature gave votes of confidence to two of President Rouhani's nominees for his vacant cabinet posts and rejected a third one in a session on Sunday afternoon, meaning that the Education and Science Ministries will now have new heads, while the post of Sports and Youth Affairs Minister will still be vacant three months after he introduced his administration.