absentee ballot

noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web The bill would move that deadline back a week, so that an absentee ballot application must be received by 5 p.m. on the second Friday before an election. Ben Nadler, ajc, "Deadline for absentee ballot requests advances in Georgia," 9 Feb. 2021 Senate Bill 67, for example, would require absentee voters to provide an I.D. to apply for an absentee ballot. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Georgia Republicans Are Working to Rig Elections So They Never Lose Again," 5 Feb. 2021 County election office workers are required to ensure the signature matches the one on the absentee ballot application and the one in the voter registration system, Raffensperger has said. Kate Brumback, chicagotribune.com, "Georgia election officials finalizing details of a ballot recount requested by the Trump campaign," 23 Nov. 2020 County election office workers are required to ensure the signature matches the one on the absentee ballot application and the one in the voter registration system, Raffensperger has said. Arkansas Online, "Deadline near for hand tally of presidential race in Georgia," 18 Nov. 2020 County election office workers are required to ensure the signature matches the one on the absentee ballot application and the one in the voter registration system, Raffensperger has said. Meg Kinnard, Star Tribune, "Graham facing ethics complaint over Georgia ballots question," 18 Nov. 2020 Processing involves several detailed tasks like checking signatures against an absentee ballot application and checking the electronic pollbook to make sure a voter didn’t vote at the polls on Election Day. Mikhayla Dunaj, Detroit Free Press, "Election challengers: Common challenges, their basis and why the process takes a while," 6 Nov. 2020 Adam Fairfield recently bought a house in Fishers and was surprised to receive an absentee ballot application mailed by the Republican Party. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana voters surprised Republicans are encouraging mail-in voting," 18 Sep. 2020 The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, five people and four organizations, also challenged the state law requiring absentee voters to provide a photo ID with their absentee ballot application and to have their ballots signed by two witnesses or notarized. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Judge hears testimony in trial challenging curbside voting ban," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of absentee ballot

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Absentee ballot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absentee%20ballot. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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absentee ballot

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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

absentee ballot

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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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