secret ballotsecret ballot
- A type of voting in which each person's vote is kept secret, but the amassed votes of various groups are revealed publicly.
- See Australian ballot.
(plural secret ballots)
- The voting system involving ballots available only at official polling places, prepared at public expense, containing the names of all candidates, and marked in secret at the polling places.
- Was known as the Australian ballot because it was first adopting officially there in 1856.
- Also formerly known as the Massachussetts ballot, for the first US state that adopted it.