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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


ballotn. [F. ballotte, fr. It. ballotta. See Ball round body.].
  •  Originally, a ball used for secret voting. Hence: Any printed or written ticket used in voting.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "The insufficiency of the ballot."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The whole number of votes cast at an election, or in a given territory or electoral district.  [1913 Webster]
  •  the official list of candidates competing in an election.  [1913 Webster]
Ballot box, (a) a box for receiving ballots. (b) the act, process or system of voting secretly; same as ballot{2}. “The question will be resolved by the ballot box.”
ballotv. i. [F. ballotter to toss, to ballot, or It. ballottare. See Ballot, n.].
     To vote or decide by ballot; as, to ballot for a candidate.  [1913 Webster]
ballotv. t. 
     To vote for or in opposition to.  [1913 Webster]
    "None of the competitors arriving to a sufficient number of balls, they fell to ballot some others."  [1913 Webster]


ballot, n. & v.
1 a process of voting, in writing and usu. secret.
2 the total of votes recorded in a ballot.
3 the drawing of lots.
4 a paper or ticket etc. used in voting.
--v. (balloted, balloting)
1 intr. (usu. foll. by for) a hold a ballot; give a vote. b draw lots for precedence etc.
2 tr. take a ballot of (the union balloted its members).

ballot-box a sealed box into which voters put completed ballot-papers. ballot-paper a slip of paper used to register a vote.
It. ballotta dimin. of balla BALL(1)



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