The plan was voted approved.

This sentence rings a strange note in my head. Is this sentence acceptable? I came up with the sentence, but I am not sure how I can use vote in a passive manner and still maintain the point that it was not voted against, but for.

3 Answers 3


I think it's grammatical, but I agree that it rings strange. Here are a couple ways you could get around the strangeness:

  • The plan was voted on and approved.
  • The plan was approved after a committee vote.
  • The committee voted to approve the plan.

I've said "committee" in these examples, but you could substitute board, Senate, panel, or the like.

  • Thank you! Can you think of any reason why it sounds so strange?
    – vivaldi
    Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 22:39
  • It sounds strange because you don't vote a plan approved and it sounds like some things that do work like that, grammar-wise: to find the door open or see the project finished. Also, vote doesn't take a direct object, usually. To vote something in, out or vote on something, as J.R. has written.
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 23:04

Your sentence is grammatical

The plan was voted approved.

additional context is necessary for it not to sound awkward

Q: Was the plan Approved or Rejected?
A: The plane was voted Approved.

Usually it would expressed as

They approved the plan.

without the additional context it sounds like you are trying to say

The plan was voted (on) and approved.

which is what a native speaker would expect.

  • Thank you for the answer. I would just like to ask one more thing. I ran across this sentence: the congress voted approval. I guess I could change it to "the plan was voted approval". Does this sentence works better than the "the plan was voted approved?"
    – vivaldi
    Commented Mar 5, 2018 at 3:31
  • Your sentence is probably something like "the congress voted approval of the measure. They "voted approval of something.", you cut the sentence off too early. An alternative would be "the plan was approved by a vote of 9 to 4."
    – Peter
    Commented Mar 5, 2018 at 21:25

Use this: The plan was voter approved.

Edited: Ok, good point, here's the reason.

"The plan was voter approved" means that the plan was approved by the voters. Some plans may not need to be approved by voters and then perhaps "The plan was commision approved." would be appropriate.

"Voter" modifies "approved" in the same way that "overwhelmingly" modifies "approved" in the following: The plan was overwhelmingly approved.


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