- a slip or sheet of paper, cardboard, or the like, on which a voter marks his or her vote.
- the method of secret voting by means of printed or written ballots or by means of voting machines.
- voting in general, or a round of voting: Our candidate was defeated on the third ballot.
- the list of candidates to be voted on: They succeeded in getting her name placed on the ballot.
- the right to vote: to gain the ballot after years of struggle.
- the whole number of votes cast or recorded.
- a system or the practice of drawing lots: The assassin would be chosen by ballot.
- (formerly) a little ball used in voting.
- to vote by ballot: to ballot against a candidate.
- to draw lots: to ballot for places.
- to canvass or solicit (a group, membership, etc.) for votes: Members were balloted on the resolution.
- to select, especially for military service, by ballot: Certain age groups will not be balloted at this time.
Origin of ballot
Related Wordsslate, tally, referendum, election, ticket, poll, plebiscite, lineup, choice, franchise
Examples from the Web for ballot
However, more than 20 players on the ballot this year were probably worthy of being enshrined in Cooperstown.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame
January 9, 2015
If 29 vote for someone else, the race for speaker goes to a second ballot for the first time in almost 100 years.Kamikaze Congress Prepares to Strike Boehner
January 6, 2015
At least 29 fellow Republicans must vote against Boehner for a second ballot to be reached, and that seems very unlikely.The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention
January 4, 2015
He goes into some detail into what it took to persuade voters to pass marriage equality at the ballot box in four states in 2012.
By 2012, the marriage equality movement had won in courts and legislatures—but not at the ballot box.
Grant the Ballot, and the new corollary of enlarged suffrage.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
It was a wet day, only a few at the ballot, and somehow you got in.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
He paused before the half-barricaded door and presented his ballot.The Boy Settlers
The only remedy for her, as for man himself, in this republic, is the ballot in her hand.
The ballot is the scepter of power in the hand of every citizen.
- 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
- an instance of voting, usually in secret using ballot papers or a voting machine
- the paper on which a vote is recorded
- a list of candidates standing for office
- the number of votes cast in an election
- a random selection of successful applicants for something in which the demand exceeds the supply, esp for shares in an oversubscribed new issue
- NZ the allocation by ballot of farming land among eligible candidates, such as ex-servicemen
- NZ a low-interest housing loan allocated by building societies by drawing lots among its eligible members
- to vote or elicit a vote fromwe balloted the members on this issue
- (tr usually foll by for) to select (officials, etc) by lot or ballot or to select (successful applicants) at random
- (tr often foll by for) to vote or decide (on an issue, etc)
Word Origin and History for ballot
1540s, "small ball used in voting," also "secret vote taken by ballots," from Italian pallotte, diminutive of palla "ball," for small balls used as counters in secret voting (see balloon). Earliest references are to Venice. Ballot box attested from 1670s.
1540s, from ballot (n.). Related: Balloted; balloting.
Idioms and Phrases with ballot
see stuff the ballot box.