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bal·lot

 (băl′ət)
n.
1. A sheet of paper or a card used to cast or register a vote, especially a secret one.
2. The act, process, or method of voting, especially in secret.
3. A list of candidates running for office; a ticket.
4. The total of all votes cast in an election.
5. The right to vote; franchise.
6. A small ball once used to register a secret vote.
intr.v. bal·lot·ed, bal·lot·ing, bal·lots
1. To cast a ballot; vote.
2. To draw lots.

[Italian ballotta, a small ball used to register a vote, diminutive of dialectal balla, ball, of Germanic origin; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

bal′lot·er n.

ballot

(ˈbælət)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the democratic practice of selecting a representative, a course of action, or deciding some other choice by submitting the options to a vote of all qualified persons
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an instance of voting, usually in secret using ballot papers or a voting machine
3. the paper on which a vote is recorded
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a list of candidates standing for office
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the number of votes cast in an election
6. (Commerce) a random selection of successful applicants for something in which the demand exceeds the supply, esp for shares in an oversubscribed new issue
7. NZ the allocation by ballot of farming land among eligible candidates, such as ex-servicemen
8. NZ a low-interest housing loan allocated by building societies by drawing lots among its eligible members
vb, -lots, -loting or -loted
9. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to vote or elicit a vote from: we balloted the members on this issue.
10. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (usually foll by: for) to select (officials, etc) by lot or ballot or to select (successful applicants) at random
11. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (often foll by: for) to vote or decide (on an issue, etc)
[C16: from Italian ballotta, literally: a little ball, from balla ball1]

bal•lot

(ˈbæl ət)
n.
1. a sheet of paper or the like on which a voter marks his or her vote.
2. the method of secret voting by printed or written ballot or by voting machine.
3. a round of voting.
4. the list of candidates to be voted on.
5. the right to vote.
6. the whole number of votes cast or recorded.
7. a system or the practice of drawing lots.
8. a little ball used in voting.
v.i.
9. to vote by ballot.
10. to draw lots.
v.t.
11. to solicit for votes.
12. to vote on or select by ballot.
[1540–50; (< Middle French ballotte) < Italian ballotta (probably < Venetian) =ball(a) ball1 + -otta diminutive suffix]
bal′lot•er, n.

ballot


Past participle: balloted
Gerund: balloting

Imperative
ballot
ballot
Present
I ballot
you ballot
he/she/it ballots
we ballot
you ballot
they ballot
Preterite
I balloted
you balloted
he/she/it balloted
we balloted
you balloted
they balloted
Present Continuous
I am balloting
you are balloting
he/she/it is balloting
we are balloting
you are balloting
they are balloting
Present Perfect
I have balloted
you have balloted
he/she/it has balloted
we have balloted
you have balloted
they have balloted
Past Continuous
I was balloting
you were balloting
he/she/it was balloting
we were balloting
you were balloting
they were balloting
Past Perfect
I had balloted
you had balloted
he/she/it had balloted
we had balloted
you had balloted
they had balloted
Future
I will ballot
you will ballot
he/she/it will ballot
we will ballot
you will ballot
they will ballot
Future Perfect
I will have balloted
you will have balloted
he/she/it will have balloted
we will have balloted
you will have balloted
they will have balloted
Future Continuous
I will be balloting
you will be balloting
he/she/it will be balloting
we will be balloting
you will be balloting
they will be balloting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been balloting
you have been balloting
he/she/it has been balloting
we have been balloting
you have been balloting
they have been balloting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been balloting
you will have been balloting
he/she/it will have been balloting
we will have been balloting
you will have been balloting
they will have been balloting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been balloting
you had been balloting
he/she/it had been balloting
we had been balloting
you had been balloting
they had been balloting
Conditional
I would ballot
you would ballot
he/she/it would ballot
we would ballot
you would ballot
they would ballot
Past Conditional
I would have balloted
you would have balloted
he/she/it would have balloted
we would have balloted
you would have balloted
they would have balloted

ballot

A piece of paper or card used to make a vote, the right to vote, a total number of votes, or an act of voting.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ballot - a document listing the alternatives that is used in votingballot - a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting
document, papers, written document - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
absentee ballot - (election) a ballot that is cast while absent (usually mailed in prior to election day)
2.ballot - a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternativeballot - a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative; "there were only 17 votes in favor of the motion"; "they allowed just one vote per person"
selection, choice, option, pick - the act of choosing or selecting; "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick"
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
Verb1.ballot - vote by ballotballot - vote by ballot; "The voters were balloting in this state"
vote - express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote; "He voted for the motion"; "None of the Democrats voted last night"

ballot

noun
1. vote, election, voting, poll, polling, referendum, show of hands The result of the ballot will not be known for two weeks.
verb
1. poll, canvass The union said they will ballot members on whether to strike.

ballot

verb
To select by vote for an office:
elect, vote (in).
Translations
إقْتِراعٌ سِرّي
tajné hlasování
afstemninghemmelig afstemningstemmeseddel
äänestäminen
titkos szavazás
leynileg atkvæîagreiîsla
slaptas balsavimas
aizklāta balsošana
tajné hlasovanie
glasovanje
gizli oylama

ballot

[ˈbælət]
A. N (= voting) → votación f; (= paper) → papeleta f (de voto)
on the first ballota la primera votación
to take a ballot on sthsometer algo a votación
there will be a ballot for the remaining placesse sortearán las plazas restantes
to vote by secret ballotvotar en secreto
B. VT to ballot the members on a strikesometer la huelga a votación entre los miembros
C. VI
1. (= vote) → votar
2. (= draw lots) to ballot for [+ tickets] → rifar, sortear
to ballot for a placesortear un puesto
D. CPD ballot box Nurna f
ballot box stuffing N (US) → fraude m electoral, pucherazo m
ballot paper Npapeleta f (de voto)

ballot

[ˈbælət]
n
(= election) → scrutin m
(= vote) → vote m
to hold a ballot → procéder à un vote
to hold a ballot on sth → procéder à un vote sur qch
to cast a ballot → voter
to cast a ballot for sth → voter en faveur de qch
secret ballot → vote m à bulletin secret
vt [union, party] [+ members, workers] → faire voter
to ballot sb on sth → faire voter qn sur qchballot box nurne f (pour voter)
to do sth through the ballot box (= by voting) → faire qch par la voie des urnes

ballot

n
(= method of voting)(geheime) Abstimmung; (= election)Geheimwahl f; voting is by ballotdie Wahl/Abstimmung ist geheim; to decide something by ballotüber etw (acc)(geheim) abstimmen
(= vote)Abstimmung f; (= election)Wahl f; first/second balloterster/zweiter Wahlgang; to take or hold a ballotabstimmen, eine Wahl abhalten, wählen; they demanded a ballotsie verlangten eine (geheime) Wahl
(numbers) → abgegebene Stimmen; a large balloteine hohe Wahlbeteiligung
viabstimmen; (= elect)eine (geheime) Wahl abhalten
vt membersabstimmen lassen

ballot

:
ballot box
nWahlurne f
ballot paper
nStimm- or Wahlzettel m
ballot rigging
nWahlbetrug m, → Wahlfälschung f

ballot

[ˈbælət]
1. nvotazione f (a scrutinio segreto)
on the first ballot → alla prima votazione
2. vt (members) → consultare tramite votazione

ballot

(ˈbӕlət) noun
a method of voting in secret by marking a paper and putting it into a box. They held a ballot to choose a new chairman; The question was decided by ballot.
References in classic literature ?
And then finally, when election day came, the packing houses posted a notice that men who desired to vote might remain away until nine that morning, and the same night watchman took Jurgis and the rest of his flock into the back room of a saloon, and showed each of them where and how to mark a ballot, and then gave each two dollars, and took them to the polling place, where there was a policeman on duty especially to see that they got through all right.
The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not lie an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves.
Another method is for the people to meet in a collective body, but only for the purpose of holding the comitia, making laws, determining concerning war or peace, and inquiring into the conduct of their magistrates, while the remaining part of the public business is conducted by the magistrates, who have their separate departments, and are chosen out of the whole community either by vote or ballot.
There were one thousand five hundred Patricians; from these, three hundred Senators were chosen; from the Senators a Doge and a Council of Ten were selected, and by secret ballot the Ten chose from their own number a Council of Three.
     "Your ballot true to cast
Because of the warmth of the day I had had several drinks before casting my ballot, and divers drinks after casting it.
When the women get the ballot, they will vote for prohibition," I said.
In the Seleznevsky district Sviazhsky was elected unanimously without a ballot, and he gave a dinner that evening.
As he did not deem it necessary to add that two citizens, in the exercise of a freeman's franchise, had been supplementing their ballots with bullets, in front of an admiring crowd, they knew nothing of that accident that removed from Devil's Ford an entertaining stranger, who had only the night before partaken of their hospitality.
the great mass of the people still persisted in the belief that they ruled the country by virtue of their ballots.
By the power of our ballots on election day will we take your government away from you--"
The ballots had been thrown; they were all black, and Justine was condemned.