- the deciding vote of the presiding officer of a deliberative body, made when the other votes are equally divided.
Origin of casting vote
First recorded in 1685–95
Also called casting voice.
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Examples from the Web for casting vote
But fancy the President speaking against me, though he has a casting-vote.Gulmore, The Boss
Brunowski took no part in the division, but had the right of a casting-vote.The Shadow of the Czar
John R. Carling
The Governor-General had in it but one vote, and in case of equality, a casting-vote.Rulers of India: Lord Clive
George Bruce Malleson
This Committee, by the casting-vote of its Chairman, has decided that I am not entitled to affirm.The True Story of my Parliamentary Struggle
The Raad was exactly divided on the measure, and it was eventually lost by the casting-vote of the chairman.The Transvaal from Within
J. P. Fitzpatrick
- the deciding vote used by the presiding officer of an assembly when votes cast on both sides are equal in number
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