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short ballot

noun
1.
a ballot containing only candidates for the most important legislative and executive posts, leaving judicial and lesser administrative posts to be filled by appointment.
Origin of short ballot
1910-1915
First recorded in 1910-15
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  • In the Socialist party it has been the custom to denounce the "short ballot."

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • A splendid account by the father of the short ballot movement.

    The Boss and the Machine Samuel P. Orth
  • They sometimes combine the short ballot with the initiative, referendum and recall though they are utterly at variance.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
  • The short ballot, on the contrary, means putting up one or two men whose names shall not encumber the ballot.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
  • There are two other important features: the introduction of the principle of the short ballot and the elimination of ward lines.

    The Making of Arguments J. H. Gardiner
  • President Wilson, like many of his predecessors at the National capital, is vindicating the principle of the short ballot.

  • Nearly three hundred of them have adopted the short ballot in charters that confer government by commission.

  • This incident of the "short ballot" illustrates the cleavage between invention and routine.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • The "short ballot" in itself is a slight affair, but the insight behind it seems to me capable of revolutionary development.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

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