- 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
Examples from the Web for balloted
The names of the four candidates were then presented to the Council and balloted.
The first day on which a committee could be balloted for was June 26, 1781.
We have balloted for the 34th time this morning, and the result is still the same.
They balloted for who should distribute them, and Lucy was chosen.In the Whirl of the Rising
We balloted 27 times, and on each ballot the result was the same; eight States for Jefferson, six for Burr, two divided.
- 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 balloted
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 balloted
see stuff the ballot box.