An acclamation, in its most common sense, is a form of
electionthat does not use a ballot. "Acclamation" or "acclamatio" can also signify a kind of ritual greeting and expression of approval in certain social contexts in ancient Rome.
The most frequent type of acclamation is a
voice vote, in which the voting group is asked who favors and who opposes the proposed candidate. In the event of a lack of opposition, the candidate is considered elected.
This form of election is most commonly associated with
papal elections (see Acclamation in papal elections), though this method was discontinued by Pope John Paul II's apostolic constitution" Universi Dominici Gregis" . It is also sometimes found in the context of parliamentary decisions, or United Statespresidential nominating conventions.
Canada, a candidate for a parliamentary, legislative or municipal position is said to be elected by acclamation if he or she has no opponents for the seat, an eventuality that rarely occurs except for legislative elections in the northern territories and municipal elections. The last instance of an acclamation in an election to the Canadian House of Commonswas in 1957when George Henry Doucettwas acclaimed in a by-electionfollowing the death of his predecessor William Gourlay Blair. [cite web|url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/ElectedByAcclamation.aspx|title=Elected by acclamation|work=Electoral Results|publisher=Parliament of Canada|accessdate=2008-06-24]
At general meetings in listed companies in Sweden, shareholders often vote by acclamation.
In liturgical Christian Churches, the Acclamations are the opening sentences at the beginning of the
In ancient Rome
Acclamations were ritual verbal expressions of approval and benediction in public (e.g. the gladiatorial games) and private life. The departure and return of imperial magistrates was, for example, accompanied by acclamation. In the later empire, these vocal expressions of goodwill were reserved for the emperor and certain relatives, who were greeted in this manner during public appearances on special occasions such as their birthdays. By the
4th century AD, acclamations were compulsory for high-level imperial officials.
* John N. Wall. "A Dictionary for Episcopalians". Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications,
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