voice vote


: a parliamentary vote taken by calling for ayes and noes and estimating which response is stronger

Examples of voice vote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The increases were first approved Friday morning at the board’s Finance Committee on a voice vote. Jemma Stephenson, al, 28 Aug. 2023 With similar obedience, Barkley called for a voice vote rather than a roll call, first on the Credentials Committee’s majority report seating Wright’s slate and then on Vaughn’s minority report impaneling Wright’s dissidents. Samuel G. Freedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2023 Craig said favored holding the vote by roll call voice vote for transparency reasons. Alec Johnson, Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2023 The full board approved the increases on a voice vote at its regular meeting, with little discussion. Jemma Stephenson, al, 28 Aug. 2023 Many nominees to various positions were confirmed with a voice vote or through a unanimous consent agreement; these confirmations are not reflected in this data. Dan Balz and Clara Ence Morse, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2023 The Senate confirmed her appointment in August 2018 by voice vote, suggesting her nomination wasn’t controversial. Xerxes Wilson, USA TODAY, 26 July 2023 Typically, military promotions are uncontroversial and quickly confirmed by voice vote. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 14 July 2023 McGrath received bipartisan support from the 21-member Judiciary Committee in a voice vote. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of voice vote was in 1879

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“Voice vote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voice%20vote. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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