absentee ballot


Definition of absentee ballot 

: a ballot submitted (as by mail) in advance of an election by a voter who is unable to be present at the polls

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In his role for the county, Jones oversees the elections database, mails absentee ballots to voters and performs other duties. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Fulton County leaders urge action against elections official," 12 July 2018 Higgins' campaign blamed the mistake on hasty preparations to distribute the letter to voters as absentee ballots also hit the mail last week. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Campaign letter says county commissioner's dad 'joined' Castro's secret police. Wrong.," 5 June 2018 Through late Monday, Republicans had cast about 34% of the state’s absentee ballots submitted while representing only 25% of California’s registered voters. John Myers, latimes.com, "What to watch for in California's primary Tuesday," 5 June 2018 There were 8,124 absentee ballots issued in Ada County for this primary. Katy Moeller, Ruth Brown And Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Ada County printing more Democratic ballots due to high turnout | Idaho Statesman," 15 May 2018 Election Day in this year’s statewide Democratic and Republican primary election was June 26, followed by an absentee ballot canvass June 28, a provisional ballot canvass Thursday and the final count of absentee and provisionals Friday. David Anderson, The Aegis, "McComas, Wagner win tight Harford primary races after final ballot canvass," 6 July 2018 To be counted, absentee ballots must have been postmarked by Tuesday, and those that arrived by July 6 will be counted. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Absentee vote count begins in Baltimore County; three-way executive primary still undecided," 28 June 2018 A few days before absentee ballots drop in California, neither the DCCC nor the California Democratic Party had a comment on the accusations or whether the party could bear the risk as Cardenas pursues re-election while fighting serious allegations. Maeve Reston, CNN, "Democrats take cautious approach on sexual assault allegations against California congressman," 5 May 2018 Voters may also request an absentee ballot by mail. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Absentee ballots available ahead of Aug. 14 primary," 13 July 2018

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of absentee ballot

: a vote that is submitted before an election by a voter who is not able to be present when the election occurs

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Legal Definition of absentee ballot 

: a ballot submitted (as by mail) in advance of an election by a voter who is unable to be present at the polls

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