Unless rules specify otherwise, the Senate may agree to any question by a majority of senators voting, if a quorum is present. The Chair puts each question by voice vote unless the “yeas and nays” are requested, in which case a roll call vote occurs. Article. I. Section. 7.
Vote, n. The instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
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- Senate Rule XII. Voting Procedure, Wikipedia
- House Rule I. The Speaker
- “Voting and Quorum Procedures in the Senate,” CRS Report 96-452 (16-page PDF)
- “House Voting Procedures: Forms and Requirements,” CRS Report 98-228 (3-page PDF)
- “Voting in the Senate: Forms and Requirements,” CRS Report 98-227 (3-page PDF)
- “Ordering a Rollcall Vote in the Senate,” CRS Report RS20199 (5-page PDF)
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