An example of something for which you might ballot is increasing the school tax.
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 for a candidate.
Origin of ballot
- Italian ballotta a small ball used to register a vote diminutive of dialectal balla ball of Germanic origin bhel-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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