: a small ball used in secret voting
: a sheet of paper used to cast a secret vote
: the action or system of secret voting
: the right to vote
: the number of votes cast
: the drawing of lots
balloted; balloting; ballots
: to vote or decide by ballot
Noun They cast their votes in a secret ballot. She was elected by secret ballot.
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NounBut even with the lower chamber’s historic approval, the legislation’s chances of ending up on the Nov. 7 ballot looks bleak in the Senate. —Aarón Torres, Dallas News, 18 May 2023 Tenants’ efforts to get the measure on the ballot last November was delayed by a legal challenge from the Portland Business Alliance, which complained that the description of the ballot measure was inadequate, and did not explain how the tax would be levied. —oregonlive, 17 May 2023 All candidates compete on the same primary ballot, with the top two vote-getters advancing to a general election. —Bridget Bowman, NBC News, 17 May 2023 Beshear is on the Democratic ballot, running against Peppy Martin and Geoff Young. —Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, 17 May 2023 Voting is open for the next Cincinnati.com Athletes of the Week ballot of the 2022-2023 high school sports year for the week spanning May 8-14. —Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, 16 May 2023 Now, under a set of agreements finalized Monday, Star Garden has dropped its ballot challenges and agreed to work with the union, paving the way for the dancers to join the century-old actors and stage managers union, Actors’ Equity Association. —Ava Sasani, New York Times, 16 May 2023 Wisconsin Justice Initiative had previously tried to keep the question off the ballot in April 2020. —Molly Beck, Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2023 In the last presidential and parliamentary elections, in 2018, around 85 percent of voters cast ballots. —Ben Hubbard, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2023
VerbStrikes on London’s underground could last until late November after a prominent union started balloting workers for more industrial action. —Ali Asad Zulfiqar, Bloomberg.com, 25 Apr. 2023 The Howell product is one of two goalies to make the top 10 in Hobey Baker Award balloting this season. —Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2023 On Christmas Day, Young added a final pitching present under the tree by signing Eovaldi — a fourth-place finisher in the AL Cy Young balloting in 2021 — to a two-year, $34 million deal. —Dallas News, 26 Feb. 2023 More than two-thirds of the country’s junior doctor workforce — some 48,000 BMA members — were balloted to strike. —Katherine Hignett, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023 So can ballot harvesting, with GOP precinct workers gathering properly marked ballots from friends and neighbors. —Arthur Herman, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 Typically, legislators make fixes to ballot measures after they’ve been approved, because lawmaking by voter petition can be a far from perfect process. —Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Nov. 2022 The Times editorial board presents its picks for the 2022 midterms, from candidates to ballot measures. —Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2022 The races range from gubernatorial seats to ballot measures, to eking out a veto-proof majority in the statehouse. —Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, 29 Oct. 2022 See More
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