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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Troka went to her local precinct to vote and was told her absentee ballot had been received. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 No matter what results the absentee ballots show, Balderson and O’Connor will face off again in November’s general election. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Why Ohio's 12th District Special Election Matters," 8 Aug. 2018 The use of absentee ballots has also been encouraged by political parties, political organizations, campaigns, etc. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Recount for District 2 in Tosa to be held April 12," 11 Apr. 2018 Julietta Henry, elections director for Milwaukee county, said about 2,000 absentee ballots from the city of Milwaukee were rejected by voting machines because of damage in the mail or voter error. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Brian Kemp Says He Won Georgia Governor’s Race, but Stacey Abrams Isn’t Conceding," 7 Nov. 2018 The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that 3,435 provisional ballots and 5,048 absentee ballots will be counted Aug. 18, ahead of an Aug. 24 deadline. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Hotly contested Ohio race gets closer after hundreds of uncounted votes are found," 2 Oct. 2018 Seven absentee ballots had been rejected — six had not been submitted in a timely manner, and one had been signed by the wrong person, according to Stephanie Taylor, project manager for the Board of Elections. David Anderson, The Aegis, "McComas, Wagner win tight Harford primary races after final ballot canvass," 6 July 2018 Election officials are looking at hundreds of absentee ballot requests collected by the same handful of people in Bladen County in the rural eastern part of the Ninth District. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "North Carolina Judge Declines to Certify Winner of Disputed Congressional Race," 22 Jan. 2019 But the absentee count continued Friday and provisional ballots will begin to be tallied on Thursday, followed by a second round of absentee ballot counting July 6. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "With Democratic nominee still undecided, Montgomery unity party has uncertain air," 29 June 2018

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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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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