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short ballot

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
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They sometimes combine the short ballot with the initiative, referendum and recall though they are utterly at variance.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
  • A splendid account by the father of the short ballot movement.

    The Boss and the Machine Samuel P. Orth
  • In the Socialist party it has been the custom to denounce the "short ballot."

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • 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
  • This incident of the "short ballot" illustrates the cleavage between invention and routine.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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