casting vote

noun
the deciding vote of the presiding officer of a deliberative body, made when the other votes are equally divided.
Also called casting voice.


Origin:
1685–95

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casting vote
 
n
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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The casting vote may be used only if it will provide the necessary majority required.
The lieutenant-governor shall be the president of the senate but shall have only a casting vote therein.
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