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 primary states, absentee ballots have long served this purpose. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Virtual Threat to Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation Caucuses," 30 Aug. 2019 Alabama’s law on absentee voting has changed in several ways, including a new requirement to provide a copy of a photo ID when applying for an absentee ballot. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "New Alabama law requires photo ID with absentee ballot application," 6 Aug. 2019 The October 2018 order came after more than 5,000 absentee ballots had been rejected. NBC News, "9 states where the rules for voting have been changed or challenged ahead of 2020," 13 July 2019 Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said in a news release that Leslie McCrae Dowless was indicted on new charges related to the 2018 general election including perjury, obstruction of justice and absentee ballot possession. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North Carolina ballot fraud investigation yields new charges," 30 July 2019 Her team acknowledged at the time that about 3,400 absentee ballots still had to be counted. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "The Shocking Final Count in the Queens D.A. Race: What Happened," 4 July 2019 About 3,400 absentee ballots will still need to be counted in the next week, the New York Times reported. Katie Reilly, Time, "Public Defender Tiffany Cabán Declares 'Stunning' Victory in Queens District Attorney Race," 26 June 2019 Attempts to hack or disrupt the processing of absentee ballots sent through the U.S. Postal Service. Mark Niesse, ajc, "Feds warned Georgia about potential threats before election," 15 July 2019 Thousands of absentee ballots received by mail won't be opened and counted for at least several days. NBC News, "Left-wing Democrat claims victory in close Queens DA race, but thousands of absentee ballots yet to be counted," 26 June 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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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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