Definition of casting vote in English:

casting vote


  • An extra vote given by a chairperson to decide an issue when the votes on each side are equal.

    • ‘The Senate is presided over by the US Vice-President, who has a casting vote if the vote is evenly split.’
    • ‘His troubles within the organisation culminated in 1930, when he had to rely on his own vote and the casting vote of the national secretary to survive.’
    • ‘The Chairman of the meeting of the Board shall not be entitled to a second or a casting vote.’
    • ‘The second thing I want to talk about is the meeting issue and the casting vote.’
    • ‘She argued that her main focus was removing the casting vote of the mayor - a second vote to decide an issue when the vote is tied at 6-all.’
    • ‘He said that the Chairperson had had the casting vote.’
    • ‘So district councillors, through the casting vote of the chairman, could outvote all other members.’
    • ‘The counter-motion was voted on and carried with the casting vote of the Lady Mayor.’
    • ‘The disgraceful rises in the council tax and the casting vote of the Mayor in this year's setting of council tax, was the final straw for many Labour die-hards.’
    • ‘At least on this occasion, the acting Mayor voted differently to the six pack and used his casting vote to ensure the petition was accepted.’
    • ‘The decision to pay a contractor to carry out the safety checks was carried on the casting vote of the chairman after four councillors voted for and four voted against.’
    • ‘When looking again at the voting we have now, now that we have multiple parties, the House decided that it did not want to have casting votes by the Chair.’
    • ‘But councillors turned down their application - by the casting vote of the planning committee's chairman.’
    • ‘The speaker has a casting vote in the event of a tie.’
    • ‘The motion was defeated when the mayor used his casting vote to break another deadlock.’
    • ‘A casting vote of the Chairman decided the issue.’
    • ‘The committee split five-five and residents were furious when the committee chairman used her casting vote to approve the scheme.’
    • ‘This resulted in draw, with the Labour Mayor giving his casting vote in favour of his own group.’
    • ‘If she was successful and the council remained hung again next year, she could have the casting vote, putting the Liberal Democrats in charge for the first time in 90 years.’


Early 17th century: from an obsolete sense of cast ‘turn the scale’.


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