voice vote


Definition of 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 Pelosi, 80, won her party’s nomination to run for speaker in a voice vote taken virtually on Wednesday. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Nancy Pelosi, 80, to honor pledge to step aside from leadership in 2022," 18 Nov. 2020 In an era where even routine positions can face opposition, the Senate confirmed him with just a voice vote. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump," 17 Nov. 2020 The bill, which passed unanimously on a voice vote, came after a dust-up over Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s decision to redirect $43 million in unspent city funds last month to cover overtime costs during the demonstrations. Washington Post, "After D.C. police overtime topped $40 million, council moves to increase oversight," 17 Nov. 2020 The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act – led by representatives Paul Tonko of New York and Andy Barr of Kentucky – passed in a voice vote and next will head to the U.S. Senate. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act passes House, heads to Senate next," 30 Sep. 2020 The Senate last year unanimously passed a version of the bill in a voice vote. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Senator Rand Paul holds up passing bill that would ban lynching," 4 June 2020 The House passed the bipartisan measure by a simple voice vote. USA TODAY, "Harris-Pence debate fact check: What they said about COVID, jobs, taxes," 8 Oct. 2020 Gay said there was initially a voice vote that passed, but someone asked for a role call vote which failed on a tie. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "New Britain board of education votes to loan equipment to players for private football league," 8 Oct. 2020 Before Dickson’s flight Wednesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved on a voice vote a bipartisan bill to strengthen the FAA’s oversight of Boeing. Washington Post, "FAA chief Steve Dickson pilots updated Boeing 737 Max: ‘This is not a publicity stunt’," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of voice vote

1879, in the meaning defined above

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24 Nov 2020

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“Voice vote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voice%20vote. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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