split ticket

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noun U.S. Politics.

a ballot on which not all votes have been cast for candidates of the same party.
a ticket on which not all the candidates nominated by a party are members of the party.

Nearby words

  1. split screen,
  2. split second,
  3. split shift,
  4. split spindle,
  5. split the difference,
  6. split tin,
  7. split up,
  8. split wings,
  9. split-brain,
  10. split-dollar insurance


Origin of split ticket

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

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British Dictionary definitions for split ticket

split ticket

noun

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Culture definitions for split ticket

split ticket

A vote for candidates of different political parties on the same ballot, instead of for candidates of only one party. In the presidential elections, for example, a voter may choose a Republican candidate for president, but a Democratic candidate for senator. Split-ticket voting is not allowed in primaries (see closed primary, direct primary, open primary). The increasing occurrence of split-ticket voting reflects support of individual candidates rather than unswerving party loyalty.

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Idioms and Phrases with split ticket

split ticket

A ballot cast for candidates of more than one party, as in I'm registered as an Independent, and indeed I usually vote a split ticket. This idiom uses ticket in the sense of “a list of nominees for office,” a usage dating from the late 1700s. Also see straight ticket.

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