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

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So reach beyond the ballot box this year and put some skin in the game. Marie Claire, "With One Week Until Election Day, the Boxers Share Advice and Insight," 30 Oct. 2018 Another photo falsely claimed that a former finance minister said ballot boxes were ordered to defraud the election, which Aos Fatos also debunked Oct. 7. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook keeps asking for our trust even as it loses control of our data," 13 Oct. 2018 So, yes, Simon has stepped down, and some regents could feel the heat at the ballot box, and the state’s investigative arm may start pulling back the curtains and figure out why this played out for so long. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Larry Nassar tragedy is worse than Penn State — and we were complicit," 25 Jan. 2018 Opponents say the measures would shift control to unelected officials, rather than politicians voters can punish at the ballot box, and could increase gerrymandering. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Four States to Vote on Redistricting Measures Ahead of 2020 Census," 3 Nov. 2018 Now, Massachusetts will be the first state in the U.S. to determine whether to uphold transgender protections at the ballot box. Nicole Talbot, Teen Vogue, "Massachusetts Must Vote Yes on Ballot Question 3 to Protect Transgender Rights," 12 Oct. 2018 The stories teased out some nuance, but all across the media landscape, an overall assessment took shape: In one of the last primaries of this midterm season, one more woman of color beat one more establishment white man at the ballot box. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "When a Woman Wins, It Doesn't Mean She's an 'Upset.' It Means She Ran a Better Race.," 5 Sep. 2018 The strongest is that the court has usurped a decision that a free and self-governing society would leave to the ballot box. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Abortion, Roe—and Trump," 2 July 2018 The optimistic Twitter hashtag notwithstanding, the national turnover of power through the ballot box is itself a significant advance in electoral democracy. Sebastian Dettman, Washington Post, "The Malaysian election results were a surprise. Here are 4 things to know.," 15 May 2018

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circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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