PAIRING-OFF

In the practice of legislative bodies, this is the name given to a species of negative proxies, by which two members, who belong to opposite parties or are on opposite sides with regard to a given question, mutually agree that they will both be absent from voting, either for a specified period or when a division is had on the particular question. By this mutual agreement a vote is neutralized on each side of the PAIS 860 PANIER question, and the relative numbers on the division are precisely the same as if both members were present. May, Pari. Pr. 370.

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