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.

1880–85, Americanism

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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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