“I never could have thought it of you, John; you didn’t vote for it?”
It is not the Revolution Society that Mr. Burke means; it is the Nation, as well in its original as in its representative character; and he has taken care to make himself understood, by saying that they have not a vote either collectively or individually.
After the debate in the Massachusetts convention was closed, and the vote taken, the objecting members rose and declared, "That though they had argued and voted against it, because certain parts appeared to them in a different light to what they appeared to other members; yet, as the vote had decided in favour of the constitution as proposed, they should give it the same practical support as if they had for it."
In a crowd menalways tend to the same level, and, on general questions, a vote,recorded by forty academicians is no better than that of fortywater-carriers.
At once every one began asking me questions about America: Was it true that people in a free country sold their votes for money?
Being a burgess of the town, he voted at the contested election at which General Burgoyne was returned; but such was his poverty, and such the tattered state of his dress, that a number of persons subscribed a sum sufficient to have him put in a state fit to appear in the poll-room.
From this decision, however, an appeal § 14 can he taken; though if there is any doubt as to who is entitled to the floor, the Chairman can at the first allow the assembly to decide the question by a vote--the one getting the largest vote being entitled to the floor.
Where papers are laid before the assembly, every member has a right to have them once read before he can be compelled to vote on them, and whenever a member asks for the reading of any such === Page 34 ============================================================ paper, evidently for information, and not for delay, the Chair should direct it to be read, if no one objects.
It shall require a two-thirds vote for its adoption.
It must be made, excepting when the vote is by ballot, by a member who voted with the prevailing side; for instance, in case a motion fails to pass for lack of a two-thirds vote, a reconsideration must be moved by one who voted against the motion.
The assembly can give leave to the chairman to vote under such circumstances.
Whenever a motion is made referring especially to the chairman, the maker of the motion should put it to vote.
"Now then, vote again.
To keep senators in the interest of the crown, it was proposed thatthe members should raffle for employment; every man first taking anoath, and giving security, that he would vote for the court,whether he won or not; after which, the losers had, in their turn,the liberty of raffling upon the next vacancy.
If you haven't a higher ideal of what's required in a warden, you don't deserve to have votes at all."
I may want an office by and by myself; but if the ambition for an office influences the women in their desire to vote, I want to say right here what I say to the young men, that if you only get the privilege of casting one vote, you don’t get anything that is worth while.
“So he is in some things, but I shall not vote for him, Polly; you know what his trade is?”
But when the foreman observed the proportion he announced that one juryman must change his vote because the same proportion three times running would appear too improbable!
“I was just telling them, Crofton,” said Mr Henchy, “that we got a good few votes today.”
In deliberative assemblies a proposition presented or moved for acceptance is called a motion, and such a motion or other matter for consideration is known as the question, since it is or may be stated in interrogative form to be answered by each member with a vote of "aye" or "no;" a member is required to speak to the question; the chairman puts the question.