What is ballot?

  • (verb): Vote by ballot.
    Example: "The voters were balloting in this state"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A ballot is a device used to cast votes in an election, and may be a piece of paper or a small ball used in secret voting. It was originally a small ball—see blackball) used to record decisions made by voters.

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Some articles on ballot:

Oregon Ballot Measure 31 (2004)
... Ballot Measure 31 of 2004 was an amendment to the Oregon Constitution, referred to a popular vote by the Oregon Legislative Assembly, that permitted the Legislative Assembly to postpone certain elections ... The measure was on the November 2 general election ballot, and passed with 66% of the vote ... The measure was placed on the ballot by Senate Joint Resolution 19 during the 2003 legislative session ...
Electoral Reform In Illinois - Ballot Access
... Keith, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down Illinois' ballot access laws, opining, "In combination, the ballot ... Ballot access barriers this high--they are the most restrictive in the nation and have effectively eliminated independent legislative candidacies from the Illinois political scene for a quarter of a century--are ...
Ballot - Methods
... Vote counting system In a jurisdiction using a paper system, voters choose by marking a ballot ... In most jurisdictions the ballots are pre-printed with names of candidates and the text of the referenda ... must write the names of their candidates on the ballot ...
Electoral Reform In Alabama - Ballot Access
... Independent candidates are granted ballot access through a petition process and minor political party candidates are nominated by convention along with a ... The figure for 2006 state wide ballot access was 41,012 good signatures ... To retain ballot access a third party has to poll 20% in a state wide race and it will retain statewide ballot access through to the next election ...
Conservative Party (UK) Leadership Election, 1995 - The First and Only Ballot
... The first ballot was as follows First Ballot 4 July 1995 Candidate Votes % John Major 218 66.3 John Redwood 89 27.1 Abstentions 8 2.4 Spoilt 4 1.2 Did not ...

More definitions of "ballot":

  • (noun): A document listing the alternatives that is used in voting.

Famous quotes containing the word ballot:

    I do not think the mere extension of the ballot a panacea for all the ills of our national life. What we need to-day is not simply more voters, but better voters.
    Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825–1911)

    The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

    We are told it will be of no use for us to ask this measure of justice—that the ballot be given to the women of our new possessions upon the same terms as to the men—because we shall not get it. It is not our business whether we are going to get it; our business is to make the demand.... Ask for the whole loaf and take what you can get.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906)