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Definitions of ballot

  1. vote by ballot; "The voters were balloting in this state" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a choice that is made by voting; "there were only 17 votes in favor of the motion" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Originally, a ball used for secret voting. Hence: Any printed or written ticket used in voting. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The act of voting by balls or written or printed ballots or tickets; the system of voting secretly by balls or by tickets. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The whole number of votes cast at an election, or in a given territory or electoral district. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To vote or decide by ballot; as, to ballot for a candidate. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To vote for or in opposition to. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A method or process of casting a vote, called voting "by ballot." The actual paper, card or machine you use to indicate your choices in an election. The total number of votes cast in an election. A list of candidates running for office.
  10. Originally, a little ball used for secret voting; a ball, ticket, or paper by which a secret vote is registered or taken; the system of secret voting by the use of a printed form; election by secret vote; also, the total number of votes cast or recorded. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To vote or choose by using a printed form, or ticket. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. A little ball or ticket used in voting: the act of secret voting by putting a ball or ticket into a box. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. To vote by ballot:-pr.p. balloting; pa.p. balloted. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Ball or ticket used in voting. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To vote by ballot. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. A written or printed ticket or a little ball for voting. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. The voting secretly by balls or tickets; number of votes so cast. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. A little ball, ticket, or anything used to give a secret vote; the act or practice of voting by balls or tickets; the number of votes given. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. To choose or elect by ballot. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. A little ball used in voting; a ticket or written vote. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. To choose or vote by ballot. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. In the law of elections. A slip of paper bearing the names of the offices to be filled at the particular election and the names of the candidates for whom the elector desires to vote; it may be printed, or written, or partly printed and partly written, and is deposited by the voter in a "ballot-box" which is in the custody of the officers holding the election. Opinion of Justices, 19 R. I. 729, 36 Atl. 716, 30 L. R. A. 547; Bris- bin v. Cleary, 26 Minn. 107, 1 N. W. 825; State v. Timothy, 147 Mo. 532. 49 S. W. 500; Taylor v. Bleakley, 55 Kan. 1, 39 Pac. 1015, 28 L. R. A. 683, 49 Am. St. Rep. 233. Also the act of voting by balls or tickets. A ballot is a ticket folded in such a manner that nothing written or printed thereon can be seen. Pol. Code Cal. thelawdictionary.org
  23. Government. A diminutive ball, i. e. a little ball used in giving votes; the act itself of giving votes. A little ball or ticket used in voting privately, and, for that purpose, put, into a box, (commonly called a ballot-box,) or into some other contrivance. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  24. 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. dictgcide_fs
  25. the official list of candidates competing in an election. dictgcide_fs
  26. bal'ut, n. a little ball or ticket used in voting: a method of secret voting by putting a ball or ticket into an urn or box.--v.i. to vote by ballot: to select by secret voting (with for): draw lots for:--pr.p. bal'loting; pa.p. bal'loted.--ns. BAL'LOTAGE, in France, the second ballot to decide which of two candidates has come nearest to the legal majority; BAL'LOT-BOX, a box to receive balls or tickets when voting by ballot. [It. ballotta, dim. of balla, ball. See BALL.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  27. (Small ball, ticket, or paper-also b. -paper-used in) secret voting; votes so recorded; lot-drawing (whether by balls or not); b.-box, used in voting or lot-drawing. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  28. Give secret vote; b. for, select (officials &c.) by secret vote; draw lots (for precedence, esp. in H. of Commons for right of moving resolutions &c.). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  29. Small bale of 70 to 120lb. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. The first instance of the use of the ballot in American elections was in the choice of a pastor by the Salem Church on July 20, 1629. In 1634 it began to be used in elections of the Governor of Massachusetts. In 1639 a ballot with some restrictions was instituted in the fundamental orders of Connecticut. In 1629 the ballot was used in some municipal and ecclesiastical elections in the Netherlands, and seems not to have been used in England. It may, therefore, have been introduced by imitation of the Dutch, but this is not yet proved. Voting by ballot was made obligatory by the constitutions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina, adopted in 1776. Open voting long prevailed in some of the Southern States, but the ballot system has long been generally in vogue except in Kentucky, where the viva voce method prevailed till 1890 for local and State elections. Representatives in Congress are elected by ballot under the provisions of an Act of Congress of 1875. In Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, there is a constitutional provision requiring the Legislature to vote viva voce. In 1888 the Australian ballot system was adopted at Louisville, Ky., and in Massachusetts. With more or less variation in the form a large majority (37) of the States have now (1894) followed this plan of voting, the exceptions being the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Idaho. Dictionary of United States history
  31. n. [French] Originally, a ball or hell used in voting a written or printed vote;-act of voting by balls or tickets ;-whole amount of votes oats. Vote by ballot, secret voting. To blackball, to put in a black or condemnatory ball. Cabinet Dictionary
  32. A little ball or ticket used in giving votes; the act of voting by ballot. Complete Dictionary

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