The formal expression of a house's decision on the final passage of legislation. The State Constitution requires that the vote of each member be entered in the Journal. Types of votes include:
Extraordinary Vote: A vote requiring more than a simple majority for passage. For example, it takes two-thirds of the members voting to override the Governor's veto or to move to waive the requirement for readings of a bill on separate days.
Favorable Vote: The necessary votes obtained in either house for a legislative matter to pass in that house.
Tie Vote: When an equal number of legislators vote for and against a bill, amendment, or motion. The measure dies, having failed to receive a majority vote.
Unfavorable Vote: When an issue fails to receive the necessary number of favorable votes.
Voice Vote: An orally expressed vote. When asked by the presiding officers, members respond "aye" or "nay." The presiding officer then decides which side prevailed. A voice vote is allowed on some legislative issues such as motions, amendments, and resolutions, but it cannot be used for passage of bills or joint resolutions.