A young woman placing her ballot into a ballot box.
- The definition of a ballot is where a vote is written or marked.
- An example of a ballot is a plain piece of paper on which you would write a candidate's name.
- An example of a ballot is a document on which you punch holes next to the names of the candidates for whom you are voting.
- To ballot is defined as to use a ballot to vote.
An example of something for which you might ballot is increasing the school tax.
- Obs. a ball
- now, a paper, form, electronic document, etc., by which a vote is registered
- the act or a method of voting; esp., secret voting by the use of ballots or voting machines
- the right to vote
- the total number of votes cast in an election
- a list of people running for office; ticket
Origin of ballotItalian ballotta, pallotta, diminutive of palla: see balloon
- A sheet of paper or a card used to cast or register a vote, especially a secret one.
- The act, process, or method of voting, especially in secret.
- A list of candidates running for office; a ticket.
- The total of all votes cast in an election.
- The right to vote; franchise.
- A small ball once used to register a secret vote.
intransitive verbbal·lot·ed, bal·lot·ing, bal·lots
- To cast a ballot; vote.
- To draw lots.
Origin of ballotItalian ballotta a small ball used to register a vote diminutive of dialectal balla ball of Germanic origin ; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ballots, present participle balloting, simple past and past participle balloted)
From Italian ballotta, a small ball used to register a vote. Not voting. The ballota was a ball drawn from an urn to select at random, by lottery, a person for a role.
Ref: See, for instance, p166 J J Norwich, 'History of Venice' Penguin 1983