straw poll

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straw poll

(chiefly US, Canadian, and NZ), vote
an unofficial poll or vote taken to determine the opinion of a group or the public on some issue
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Straw Vote Sessions: Governing Body Proposals and Voting on Adjustments to Recommended Budget (June)
In a straw vote they agreed to have five ward councilors assisted by a councilor-at-large each select one member.
If the panel follows the correct voting procedures and does not cast any straw votes, this dynamic should not be much of an issue during the first three votes.
On the contrary, both were introduced as ordinary bills, noticed and heard in the usual way, put into subcommittees which were also noticed, and then, because they were important to balancing the budget, given straw votes in a noticed committee work session and proposed to the Finance Committee for the budget.
com's 2008 election coverage while watching CNN's television broadcast, and possibly even participate in interactive straw votes for candidates.