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unit rule

(in national conventions of the Democratic Party) a rule whereby a state's delegation votes as a unit, not recognizing minority votes within the delegation.
Origin of unit rule
1880-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The unit rule requires that condemnation awards be based on the value of the property as a whole as if there were only one owner.
  • The unit rule bound all delegates from a state convention to vote as one with the majority block of their state delegates.
  • The convention then proceeded to ballot and a fight arose at once over the unit rule.

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