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

Examples of absentee ballot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The progressive organization is pointing out there's no process to rectify an absentee ballot rejected and different standards for the procedure in different townships and cities. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump campaign responds to Twitter ban on political ads," 31 Oct. 2019 To vote by mail, a voter can pick up an absentee ballot at the Kaley Street office until 5 p.m. Monday. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Here’s how and where to vote early for Orlando Mayor and City Council," 29 Oct. 2019 However, weeks of difficult coalition negotiations lie ahead, and even a final official vote count is probably still days away, with absentee ballots still to be counted. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, "Bleak prospects for Israel’s Netanyahu after election yields inconclusive result," 18 Sep. 2019 Friday’s recount began with absentee ballots cast in the primary and started with precincts in the 3rd District on the request of Markovich. Rob Earnshaw, Post-Tribune, "Dem recount for Hammond Council seat begins," 14 June 2019 As a refresher, the 2016 presidential election was decided by around 44,000 votes in the state, well below the 187,000 absentee ballots from November 2018. cleveland, "Will the recent trade deals have the desired effect on farmers? The Flyover," 20 Jan. 2020 The final results could still change, as the city has a deadline of 5 p.m. Friday to count all absentee ballots sent from overseas, military ballots, and provisional ballots. BostonGlobe.com, "the race for the fourth and final Boston City Council at-large seat," 14 Nov. 2019 Across Kentucky, county boards of election will convene Thursday to check their voting machines and absentee ballots to verify the vote count. Washington Post, "Kentucky governor faces big decision in contested election," 13 Nov. 2019 The board counted more than 6,000 affidavit and absentee ballots and invalidated about 2,500. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Queens District Attorney Primary Could Take Weeks to Call," 10 July 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Absentee ballot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absentee%20ballot. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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