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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.]
voting in an election
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|Noun||1.||balloting - 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