NOMINATION OF POTTER STEWART AS ASSOC. JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT.

Date:

May 5, 1959

Number:

Senate Vote #58
86th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Unknown
  Yea 70
 
 
 
71%
42 27 1
  Nay 17
 
 
 
17%
17 0 0
Present 1
 
 
 
1%
0 1 0
Not Voting 10
 
 
 
10%
5 5 0
Required: unknown

Vote Details

Notes: “Aye” or “Yea”?

“Aye” and “Yea” mean the same thing, and so do “No” and “Nay”. Congress uses different words in different sorts of votes.

The U.S. Constitution says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). Congress takes this literally and uses “yea” and “nay” when voting on the final passage of bills.

All Senate votes use these words. But the House of Representatives uses “Aye” and “No” in other sorts of votes.