Australian ballot

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Australian ballot

A printed ballot that bears the names of all candidates and the texts of propositions and is distributed to the voter at the polls and marked in secret. Also called secret ballot.

Austral′ian bal′lot

a ballot containing the names of all the candidates for public office, handed to a voter at a polling place to be marked in secret: it originated in Australia.
[1885–90, Amer.]
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Secure committee tenure allowed incumbent members of Congress to develop "careerist" patterns of behavior in the House (Price 1977) - including committee-related policy expertise - that provided fuel for increased legislative activity in the decades following the Australian ballot reforms.

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