Ballot

Definition of Ballot

Bal´lot   Pronunciation: băl´lŭt
n.1.
1.Originally, a ball used for secret voting. Hence: Any printed or written ticket used in voting.
2.The act of secret voting, whether by balls, written or printed ballots or tickets, or by use of a voting machine; the system of voting secretly.
The insufficiency of the ballot.
- Dickens.
3.The whole number of votes cast at an election, or in a given territory or electoral district.
4.the official list of candidates competing in an election.
Ballot box
a - a box for receiving ballots.
b - the act, process or system of voting secretly; same as ballot{2}.
v. i.1.To vote or decide by ballot; as, to ballot for a candidate.
[imp. & p. p. Balloted; p. pr. & vb. n. Balloting.]
v. t.1.To vote for or in opposition to.
None of the competitors arriving to a sufficient number of balls, they fell to ballot some others.
- Sir H. Wotton.

Related Words

Australian ballot, Hare system, Indiana ballot, Massachusetts ballot, absentee ballot, aye, blanket ballot, canvass, canvassing, casting vote, counting heads, cumulative voting, deciding vote, division, enfranchisement, fagot vote, franchise, graveyard vote, hand vote, list system, long ballot, nay, no, nonpartisan ballot, nontransferable vote, office-block ballot, party emblem, party-column ballot, plebiscite, plebiscitum, plumper, plural vote, poll, polling, preferential voting, proportional representation, proxy, record vote, referendum, representation, right to vote, rising vote, sample ballot, say, secret ballot, short ballot, show of hands, single vote, slate, snap vote, split ticket, straight ticket, straw vote, suffrage, ticket, transferable vote, viva voce, voice, voice vote, vote in, voting, voting right, write-in, write-in vote, yea, yeas and nays, yes
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