In the 1559 edition of Calvin's Institutes, he writes:
Quare dum illam recipit, ac suffragio suo obsignat, non ex dubia aut alioqui controversa authenticam reddit
Ford L. Battles renders it this way:
Thus, while the church receives and gives its seal of approval to the Scriptures, it does not thereby render authentic what is otherwise doubtful or controversial.
The English word suffrage appears to come from this word, suffragio, so I wonder why Battles does not incorporate an idea of voting into his translation.
Is it possible or likely, contra Battles, that Calvin means or implies that a "consensus" or "vote" within the church is associated with approval of the Scriptures?
Or is it safe to say that he means the church, as a single entity, simple approves them, with no implication of voting?