ballot box


Definition of ballot box

1 : a box for receiving ballots
stuff the ballot box
chiefly US
: to attempt to control the outcome of an election by having multiple illegitimate votes cast in support of the desired candidate They said the vote-rigging included stuffing ballot boxes, buying votes and absent names on the voter rolls.— Sonia Verma By a margin of just 277 votes (some say ballot boxes were stuffed), Brooklyn, the nation's fourth-largest city, had voted to give up its proud and independent history.— James Sterngold

Examples of ballot box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a Tokyo hotel, lawmakers cast their votes one by one in a ballot box on stage when their names were called., 29 Sep. 2021 The volunteers visited their local elections departments to request absentee and emergency ballots for patients, deliver them to the patients, and then cast the ballots in the ballot box. Fortune, 4 Nov. 2020 At the close of business on the seventh day before election day, officials may open the ballots and place them in a ballot box. Staff And Tribune News Service Reports, oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2020 At the close of business on the seventh day before election day, officials may open the ballots and place them in a ballot box. Arit John, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2020 Dozens of ballots in a Boston ballot box were destroyed after a man allegedly set the dropbox on fire on Sunday. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, 26 Oct. 2020 Kathleen Moore, 61, of Erlanger, filled out her ballot ahead of time and dropped it in the ballot box outside of her voting location. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, 13 Oct. 2020 To vote against a candidate, one placed a black ball in the ballot box. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2020 The voter also is allowed to give the ballot to a companion to drop it in the ballot box. Scott Huddleston,, 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of ballot box

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ballot box was circa 1677

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22 Nov 2021

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“Ballot box.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ballot box

: a box that holds the ballots used for voting in an election
: an act of voting using secret ballots

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