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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But the board peppered Dowless with questions about his own absentee ballot activities. Gary D. Robertson, The Seattle Times, "Ballot fraud investigation muddies North Carolina election," 4 Dec. 2018 Ohio secretary of state John Husted said Tuesday night that there are 3,435 provisional ballots and 5,048 absentee ballots still to be tallied. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "Trump's legal team responds to Mueller interview request," 9 Aug. 2018 There are 3,435 provisional ballots cast and 5,048 outstanding absentee ballots. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "What Comes Next for Ohio’s Tight Special Election?," 8 Aug. 2018 As of the morning of August 9, Balderson was narrowly in the lead, but there are still over 8,000 provisional and absentee ballots left to count, according to Cleveland.com. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Why Ohio's 12th District Special Election Matters," 8 Aug. 2018 So officials decided to re-scan the absentee ballots. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Still no victor as Baltimore County's final votes are tallied," 6 July 2018 The machine in question, the ES&S M650, is used for counting both regular and absentee ballots. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Defcon Voting Village report: Bug in one system could “flip Electoral College”," 27 Sep. 2018 Olszewski was declared the winner of the Democratic primary by nine votes after the results were tabulated from early voting, election day and provisional and absentee ballots. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County Democrats spent nearly $1.7M on TV ads in primary," 14 July 2018 There were approximately 1,700 absentee ballots and 6.5 percent of the county or 13,829 people, voted early. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Eight school board candidates won the primary, next up is the general election," 27 June 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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