ballot

A ballot is a document that lists the choices during an election. When running for office, a candidate’s first goal is getting on the ballot.

This Italian-derived word has proven remarkably successful by adapting itself to evolving voting technologies. It has been applied to devices used for casting votes from ancient times to the present, whether consisting of pottery, paper or pixels. Any kind of device, whether on paper or a computer screen, can be called a ballot if it lists the candidates and allows you to vote.

Definitions of ballot
  1. noun
    a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting
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    absentee ballot
    (election) a ballot that is cast while absent (usually mailed in prior to election day)
    type of:
    document, papers, written document
    writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
  2. noun
    a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative
    synonyms: balloting, vote, voting
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    block vote
    a vote proportional in magnitude to the number of people that a delegate represents
    secret ballot
    a vote in which each person's choice is secret but the totaled votes are public
    split ticket
    a ballot cast by a voter who votes for candidates from more than one party
    straight ticket
    a ballot cast by a voter who votes for all the candidates of one party
    multiple voting
    the act of voting in more than one place by the same person at the same election (illegal in U.S.)
    casting vote
    the deciding vote cast by the presiding officer to resolve a tie
    veto
    a vote that blocks a decision
    write-in
    a vote cast by writing in the name of a candidate who is not listed on the ballot
    abstention
    the act of declining to vote for or against something
    pocket veto
    indirect veto of legislation by refusing to sign it
    type of:
    choice, option, pick, selection
    the act of choosing or selecting
  3. verb
    vote by ballot
    “The voters were balloting in this state”
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    vote
    express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote
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