Origin of yea1
Examples from the Web for yeas
First discovered more than 150 yeas ago in the Lake Regions of Africa, it has spread relentlessly around the world.
Maybe with a large enough undecided that the yeas are a plurality rather than a majority, but still.
Mr. Lyon called for the yeas and nays; but only himself and another member rising in support of the motion, it was not carried.
The question on this part of the resolution was decided by yeas and nays—yeas 90, nays 29.
It was reported in the newspapers of that period that the Constitution was adopted in this convention by 30 yeas against 25 nays.
The motion was put, and on the yeas and nays the vote was reconsidered.A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention|Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The yeas and nays were then taken upon the passing of the bill; it was passed—69 votes to 19.
Word Origin for yea
Old English gea (West Saxon), ge (Anglian) "so, yes," from Proto-Germanic *ja-, *jai-, a word of affirmation (cf. German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish ja), from PIE *yam-, from pronomial stem *i- (see yon).