Definition of YEAS AND NAYS.


YEAS AND NAYS.

The list of members of a legislative body
voting in the affirmative and negative of a proposition is so
called.


2. The constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 5, directs
that ",the yeas and nays of the members of either house, on
any question, shall, at the desire of one-fifth of those present,
be entered on the journal.", Vide 2 Story, Cons. 301.


3. The power of calling the yeas and nays is given by all the
constitutions of the several states, and it is not in general
restricted to the request of one-fifth of the members present,
but may be demanded by a less number and, in some, one member
alone has the right to require the call of the yeas and nays.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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