Ballot meaning

bălət
The act, process, or method of voting, especially in secret.
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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.

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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.

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A sheet of paper or a card used to cast or register a vote, especially a secret one.
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A list of candidates running for office; a ticket.
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The total of all votes cast in an election.
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The right to vote; franchise.
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A small ball once used to register a secret vote.
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To cast a ballot; vote.
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To draw lots.
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The act or a method of voting; esp., secret voting by the use of ballots or voting machines.
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The right to vote.
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The total number of votes cast in an election.
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A list of people running for office; ticket.
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To decide by means of the ballot; vote.
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A paper or card used to cast a vote.
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The process of voting, especially in secret.
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(chiefly US) A list of candidates running for office; a ticket.
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The total of all votes cast in an election.
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To vote or decide by ballot.

To ballot for a candidate.

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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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Ref: See, for instance, p166 J J Norwich, 'History of Venice' Penguin 1983

    From Wiktionary