Yeas and Nays Law and Legal Definition
This refers to the affirmative and negative votes on a bill or resolution before the legislature.
The Constitution of the United States, Article 1, Section 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." This power of calling the yeas and nays is given by the constitutions of many states, and it is not in general restricted to the request of one-fifth of the members present. It may be demanded by a less number and, in some states, one member alone has the right to require the call of the yeas and nays.
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