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 the meantime, lawmakers are considering several proposals to change the absentee ballot system, including extending the deadlines. Jonathan Lai, https://www.inquirer.com, "Are Pa.’s absentee-ballot deadlines unconstitutional? What would be the fix? Judges consider whether a lawsuit should move forward.," 5 June 2019 On Thursday and Friday, elections officials will count the remaining absentee ballots and provisional ballots. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Vote-counting to resume Thursday in Baltimore County," 4 July 2018 As of Tuesday night, Republicans have cast 41.9% of early and absentee ballots, versus 40.1% by Democrats. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Republicans Show Strength in Early Voting," 31 Oct. 2018 The total voter turnout in 2014, including early and absentee ballots, was 27 percent. Washington Post, "District voters head to the polls," 19 June 2018 Georgia voter Donna Troka mailed in an absentee ballot weeks before the election. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 Dowless was the only person in the nine-county district running a get-out-the-vote effort targeting absentee ballots, Harris said. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "Candidate says operative now under investigation got results," 11 Feb. 2019 These attorneys also plan to allege that GOP attorneys were blocked from observing absentee ballots by Allegheny County election supervisors. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Pennsylvania special election may see recount; Lamb, Saccone separated by razor-thin margin," 2 Oct. 2018 State rules require the absentee ballots be counted by Friday. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "After provisional ballot count, Howard council race gets even tighter," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of absentee ballot

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of absentee ballot was in 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of absentee ballot

US : 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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