• WordNet 3.6
    • n balloting 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"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n balloting The act of casting or taking a ballot: as, the balloting began at 2 o'clock.
    • n balloting A specific instance in which a ballot is taken; a vote.
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  • Walter Lippmann
    “No amount of charters, direct primaries, or short ballots will make a democracy out of an illiterate people.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “To give the victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.”


In literature:

Then Hartley was dropped from the race and a second ballot ordered.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
His smile was as complacent as that of the ward boss who knows that the ballot-box is stuffed.
"The Next of Kin" by Nellie L. McClung
They cannot be made equal by exterior devices like trousers, ballots, the study of Greek.
"The Business of Being a Woman" by Ida M. Tarbell
This morning the General offered the use of the heliograph to all correspondents in rotation by ballot.
"Ladysmith" by H. W. Nevinson
North Carolina and Georgia denied the ballot to any one who was not a Protestant.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
I understand those women who say they don't want the ballot.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
During the clear-out on Wednesday last in Downing-street, a small chest, strongly secured, was found among some models of balloting-boxes.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
There must be a ballot.
"Sunrise" by William Black
Not long after the students learned how to drill and to march they were allowed to ballot for officers.
"The Mystery at Putnam Hall" by Arthur M. Winfield
The ballot was a printed one, its size, color, and type regulated by state law.
"Direct Legislation by the Citizenship through the Initiative and Referendum" by James W. Sullivan

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:

Ballots Cast by Blacks and Older Voters Were Tossed in Far Greater Numbers.
The woman said she drove Thursday morning to the Joseph A Carroll Administra­tion Building to cast an early ballot and went inside about 11:15 a.m.
HONOLULU—A photograph of a 93-year-old World War II veteran casting what will likely be his last ballot has captured the hearts of tens of thousands of Internet users.
In this Oct 17, 2012 photo provided by Irene Tanabe, Frank Tanabe, center, gets help from his daughter Barbara Tanabe, left, to fill out his absentee ballot in Honolulu while his wife Setsuko Tanabe sits in the foreground.
A photograph of a 93-year-old World War II veteran casting what will likely be his last ballot has captured the hearts of tens of thousands of Internet users.
NEWTON, NC — Provisional ballots counted on Friday didn't change any of the election races in Catawba County.
Caught Up in Voting, Ads Ask Consumers to Cast a Ballot.
Graves the wealthiest candidate on the Congressional ballot.
She cast a ballot for Franklin D Roosevelt.
Melfi said her board of elections, in Hunterdon, thought all of county results were final, but is still receiving ballots from displaced voters who voted out of county.
PORTLAND — Three groups that had backed a November ballot measure to remove gillnets from the Oregon side of the lower Columbia River are now urging a no vote, saying Gov John Kitzhaber has a better idea.
Penn National opens checkbook in ballot campaign.
Four states have passed secret-ballot laws that require secret ballot s -- blocking card-check-only union elections.
Those receiving their ballots at the office may use the vault to complete their ballot in private.
Click on your county, then use the polling place finder to see where to go Tuesday Nov 6, 2012 to cast your ballot or drop off your absentee ballot.

In science:

Kallenberg, O. (1999) Ballot theorems and so journ laws for stationary processes.
The Uniform Law for Sojourn Measures of Random Fields
Thus the ballot theorem does not give the precise probability of eternal positivity.
Percolations on random maps I: half-plane models
The Cycle Lemma of Dvoretzky and Motzkin provides one of the many proofs that the Catalan numbers count the ballot sequences.
The bricklayer problem and the Strong Cycle Lemma
Deleting this 0 yields a ballot sequence, and the process is reversible.
The bricklayer problem and the Strong Cycle Lemma
Thus the ballot sequences and the (k , k + 1)arrangements are equinumerous.
The bricklayer problem and the Strong Cycle Lemma