And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.…
As interpreted by ver. 24 and by the word "fell" here there can be no doubt that the passage speaks of "lots" and not "votes." The two were standing, as far as they could see, on the same level. It was left for the Searcher of hearts to show, by the exclusion of human will, which of the two He had chosen. The most usual way of casting lots in such cases was to write each name on a tablet, place them in an urn, and then shake the urn till one came out.
Parallel VersesKJV: And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.