ballot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ballot vote by ballot "The voters were balloting in this state"
    • n ballot a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative "there were only 17 votes in favor of the motion","they allowed just one vote per person"
    • n ballot a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: David Wolf was the first person to cast an absentee ballot from space. In November 1997, he cast a vote via e-mail for the mayor of Houston while onboard the space station Mir.
    • Ballot Originally, a ball used for secret voting. Hence: Any printed or written ticket used in voting.
    • Ballot The act of secret voting, whether by balls, written or printed ballots or tickets, or by use of a voting machine; the system of voting secretly. "The insufficiency of the ballot ."
    • Ballot the official list of candidates competing in an election.
    • Ballot The whole number of votes cast at an election, or in a given territory or electoral district.
    • v. t Ballot To vote for or in opposition to. "None of the competitors arriving to a sufficient number of balls, they fell to ballot some others."
    • v. i Ballot băl"lŭt To vote or decide by ballot; as, to ballot for a candidate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Texas is the only state that allows its residents to cast absentee ballots from space. This is because the Houston Space Center is home to most of the United States' astronauts.
    • n ballot A little ball used in voting. Hence A ticket or slip of paper, sometimes called a voting-paper, used for the same purpose, on which is printed or written an expression of the elector's choice as between candidates or propositions to be voted for.
    • n ballot A method of secret voting by means of small balls, or of printed or written ballots, which are deposited in an urn or a box called a ballot-box. In the former case, each person who is entitled to vote, having the choice of two balls, one white and one black, places a white ball in the box if he is in favor of the resolution proposed, as the admission of a person to membership in a club, or a black ball if he is opposed to it. Hence, to blackball a person is to vote against his election. In the latter case, the ballots or voting-papers are so folded as to prevent the voter's preference from being disclosed, and are usually handed to an authorized officer called an inspector of elections, to be deposited in the box in the voter's presence. The ballot is now employed in all popular elections in the United States (except in the State elections of Kentucky, in which the voting is viva voce), throughout the United Kingdom and the British colonies, and in the national or parliamentary elections in Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, and most other countries of continental Europe.
    • n ballot A casting of ballots; a vote by ballot; also, the whole number of votes cast or recorded: as, a ballot was taken on the resolution; there was a large ballot.
    • n ballot A method of drawing lots by taking out small balls, or the like, from a box; hence, lot-drawing.
    • ballot To decide upon a question, proposition, or candidacy by casting ballots; take a ballot or a vote by ballot: often with for in the sense of ‘in relation to’: as, to ballot for members of a club. See the noun.
    • ballot To bound, as in the bore of a cannon: as, spherical projectiles ballot in the bore of the piece.
    • ballot To select by lot; draw lots (for): as, to ballot for places.
    • ballot To vote for or against by ballot; choose or elect by ballot.
    • ballot To choose by lot; select by drawing lots for.
    • n ballot A small bale, weighing from 70 to 120 pounds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first woman to run for President was Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ballot in 1872.
    • n Ballot bal′ut a little ball or ticket used in voting: a method of secret voting by putting a ball or ticket into an urn or box
    • v.i Ballot to vote by ballot: to select by secret voting (with for): draw lots for:—pr.p. bal′loting; pa.p. bal′loted
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Quotations

  • Walter Lippmann
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    “No amount of charters, direct primaries, or short ballots will make a democracy out of an illiterate people.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “To give the victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ballotter, to toss, to ballot, or It. ballottare,. See Ballot (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Then the next ballot was called for, and it was quickly cast.
"The Rover Boys Under Canvas" by Arthur M. Winfield
Mr. Lake: I move that the secretary be instructed to cast the ballot of the association for these nominations.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The requisite two-thirds came to Parker before the result of the ballot was announced.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Corinne could scarcely command silence long enough to read the result of the balloting.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
And I move for a reconsideration, and a new ballot!
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
They cry out that the ballot is too slow; they want some more "direct" action than the ballot-box allows.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
The outer envelope was to contain also the power of attorney for the proxy to so present the sealed ballot.
"Between the Lines" by Henry Bascom Smith
In ballotting, young bachelors procured the prize tickets of the married men.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Well, if this is so, let us go to the ballot box.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
What the crowd and the world saw was three successive ballots.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
All the officers, I am informed, are chosen by ballot.
"In School and Out" by Oliver Optic
Twenty-one ballots had been taken with no result, and the convention had been in session three days.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
At this time the secret ballot had not yet been instituted.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
You must choose the regent by ballot.
"Rollo's Museum" by Jacob Abbott
To talk about the ballot had from the first been conceded to Moggs.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
After roll call for nominations is completed the convention proceeds to the first ballot.
"Citizenship" by Emma Guy Cromwell
The ballot must be taken from the whites and given to their slaves.
"A Man of the People" by Thomas Dixon
Sometimes they stuff the ballot-boxes, too, or go from one poll to another, voting over and over.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
It was a logical position that besieged the ballot as the first agency of deliverance in our land.
"The Arena" by Various
But the ballot must come to the woman, not she to the ballot, or else the law is violated.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
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In poetry:

For lo! the hand that held the musket,
And strangled treason in the fight,
Has laid aside the war-worn corselet,
And taken the ballot as a right!
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
I feel indeed as if we rather need
A sermon such as preachers tie a text on.
If Freedom dies because a ballot lies,
She earns her grave; 't is time to call the sexton!
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I say once more, as I have said before,
If voting for our Tildens and our Hayeses
Means only fight, then, Liberty, good night!
Pack up your ballot-box and go to blazes.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I do not ask for a ballot;
Though very life were at stake,
I would beg for the nobler justice
That men for manhood's sake
Should give ungrudgingly, nor withhold till I must fight and take.
"My Right" by Susan Coolidge
A weapon that comes down as still
As snow-flakes fall upon the sod;
But executes a freeman's will
As lightning does the will of God;
And from its force, nor doors nor locks
Can shield you;—'t is the ballot-box.
"A Word From A Petitioner" by John Pierpont
I saw a Christian, a temperance man,
Casting his ballot one day at the polls:
One who believes he does what he can
Toward the reclaiming and saving of souls.
And may be he does—may be he does!
I don't say he doesn't, but may be he does!
"What I Have Seen #5" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Foulla Pearson, front left, in black and Cris Figueroa, front right, process ballots during ballot counting at the Pima County Elections Department on November 9, 2012.
Ballots must postmarked by Tuesday or slipped into a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed forecast 47 percent statewide for the election.
4, 2012) Perhaps some — OK, probably most — of you are daunted by the task of studying up on the 11 statewide ballot propositions on the November ballot.
012 Ballot: D20 (12-06) Status: Ballot Item Approved as D2842-2012 and Pending Publication.
This standard is being balloted for withdrawal with no replacement because organic shingles are no longer produced/available, this standard is being balloted for withdrawal, so as not to cause confusion in the market place.
30 pm Wednesday added 4,012 ballots to the 39,174 ballots tallied in the race on Election Day.
Tuesday was primary day in North Carolina, and although President Barack Obama faced no competition on the Democratic ballot, he was not the choice of approximately 20 percent of Democrats who cast ballots.
001 Ballot: D13 (12-04) Status: In Balloting.
Despite personal assurance from the Secretary of State herself that the ballots from Yellowstone County would be finished by 5:00 pm on Thursday Nov 7, 7% of Montana's ballots have still not been accounted for.
Those ballots and 72 provisional ballots cast in the House District 45 race will be counted at 3 pm Friday.
A controversial ballot question known as the Dream Act has received the support of some well-known clergymen in Maryland, and they're urging voters to say yes to ballot Question 4 and invest in the next generation.
Arkansas Code 7-9-107 requires backers of ballot initiatives to submit them to the attorney general for certification of the popular name and ballot title before collecting signatures.
They say the computer that scans the ballots is designed to make sure only one ballot is counted for each voter.
The Board of State Canvassers has approved two ballot proposals for Michigan's Nov 6 ballot .
The stack of 164 envelopes included the ballots of Pedrosa, the commissioner's aide, and of Milagros Guerrero, 64, who told El Nuevo Herald that she handed in three ballots .
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In science:

For this reason we prefer not to call it a voting system but only a balloting system.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
We do not call it either a polling system in which results are statistical, since our protocol guarantees that each vote is counted correctly and each eligible voter can cast her ballot.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
We describe now at high level the protocol and its components following the procedure of a ballot.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
In principle the Voter can access the balloting system with one of the following systems listed in increasing security.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
In the practical implementation of the protocol only one of the following must be used by all voters in the same ballot, that is before the ballot it must be decided which one of them the voters must use.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
The Manager of the Anonymizer must choose a anonymizer system in relation to the requirements of the ballot.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
The AuthSysMgr logs in to the AuthSrv a few minutes before the end of the ballot and gets the list of not used VoteTokens.2 The AuthSysMgr must also have obtained, for example from the AuthMgr, the list of all username+passwords.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
With these data, the AuthSysMgr can vote instead of all the voters who have not voted and in this way violate the integrity of the ballot.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
It is still possible to discover this attack by checking the integrity of the AuthSrv since the AuthSrv must be sealed during the time of the ballot and all logins to it must be recorded in the logs.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
It is up to the ballot officials to understand what has really happened and decide if the results of the ballot are correct or there has been some violations.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
Under these conditions we believe that our protocol can be practically implemented and can deliver a web based balloting system with much higher security than those currently commercially available.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
IT background beyond the basic usage of a word processor. As a result, most standard editing activities are operated in Microsoft Word with documents being disseminated as PDF’s when ballots are taking place.
Questions & Answers for TEI Newcomers
This is the classical “ballot problem”, in which candidate E and candidate N are competing for a public office.
Counting interesting elections
The ballot problem asks for the number Cn of these paths. (Note that if the tally ends at (n, m), we may uniquely continue it to a northeast lattice path ending at (n, n).) The ballot problem can be solved by constructing a simple recurrence.
Counting interesting elections
We now consider a generalization of the ballot problem.
Counting interesting elections
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