voice vote


Definition of voice vote

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

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The resolution was approved by voice vote, signaling a strong majority in favor. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "New York City Council declares climate emergency: Clean energy is 'vital to our future'," 27 June 2019 More: Elizabeth Warren proposes plan to take on pay and leadership gap for women of color The bill passed by a simple voice vote, with no members of Congress objecting. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "House passes legislation to remove gendered references to presidents in a US law," 10 July 2019 The Senate conducted a voice vote in support of Immergut, who had the support of both Oregon senators. oregonlive.com, "U.S. Senate confirms Multnomah County Judge Karin J. Immergut for federal judge’s seat," 31 July 2019 After several weeks of negotiations, the final bill easily passed both chambers on Oct. 17: by unanimous consent in the House and by voice vote in the Senate, indicating a lack of controversy. Author: Elise Viebeck, Anchorage Daily News, "How an early Biden crime bill created the sentencing disparity for crack and cocaine trafficking," 29 July 2019 Cupich's amendment, which passed by voice vote on Thursday, urges each Metropolitan to appoint a qualified lay person to receive reports of misconduct by bishops. Daniel Burke, CNN, "10 ways Catholic bishops are trying to end the clergy abuse scandal," 13 June 2019 Cheryl Bruce, executive director of the Nevada Senate Democrats, said the bill now must receive a passing voice vote from the Senate before going to the desk of Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak. Ryan Tarinelli, chicagotribune.com, "Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rules," 3 June 2019 The bill, approved by the committee in a unanimous voice vote, heads to the full City Council for a vote Wednesday. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s fair workweek ordinance passes key committee, heads to City Council for approval," 23 July 2019 The Assembly passed the bill Thursday afternoon on a voice vote. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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