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An extra vote given by a chairperson to decide an issue when the votes on each side are equal.
- ‘So district councillors, through the casting vote of the chairman, could outvote all other members.’
- ‘But councillors turned down their application - by the casting vote of the planning committee's chairman.’
- ‘The Chairman of the meeting of the Board shall not be entitled to a second or a casting vote.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The speaker has a casting vote in the event of a tie.’
- ‘The counter-motion was voted on and carried with the casting vote of the Lady Mayor.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This resulted in draw, with the Labour Mayor giving his casting vote in favour of his own group.’
- ‘The Senate is presided over by the US Vice-President, who has a casting vote if the vote is evenly split.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The motion was defeated when the mayor used his casting vote to break another deadlock.’
- ‘The committee split five-five and residents were furious when the committee chairman used her casting vote to approve the scheme.’
- ‘A casting vote of the Chairman decided the issue.’
- ‘The second thing I want to talk about is the meeting issue and the casting vote.’
- ‘He said that the Chairperson had had the casting vote.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Early 17th century: from an obsolete sense of cast ‘turn the scale’.
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