ballot


ballot
balloter, n.
/bal"euht/, n., v., balloted, balloting.
n.
1. a slip or sheet of paper, cardboard, or the like, on which a voter marks his or her vote.
2. the method of secret voting by means of printed or written ballots or by means of voting machines.
3. voting in general, or a round of voting: Our candidate was defeated on the third ballot.
4. the list of candidates to be voted on: They succeeded in getting her name placed on the ballot.
5. the right to vote: to gain the ballot after years of struggle.
6. the whole number of votes cast or recorded.
7. a system or the practice of drawing lots: The assassin would be chosen by ballot.
8. (formerly) a little ball used in voting.
v.i.
9. to vote by ballot: to ballot against a candidate.
10. to draw lots: to ballot for places.
v.t.
11. to canvass or solicit (a group, membership, etc.) for votes: Members were balloted on the resolution.
12. to select, esp. for military service, by ballot: Certain age groups will not be balloted at this time.
[1540-50; ( < MF ballotte) < It ballotta (prob. < Venetian), equiv. to ball(a) BALL1 + -otta dim. suffix]

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