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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Even in the Seattle area, the clear majority of voters said that environmental positions aren’t at the forefront of their mind at the ballot box. Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "Where might voters support a Green New Deal? Seattle ranks high, new survey data show," 26 Mar. 2019 Islamist parties have often used the legitimacy of the ballot box to impose their illiberal vision. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Rise of Islamic Conservatism Throws Indonesian Democracy Off Balance," 28 June 2018 The party has designed its own software and a mobile phone app so thousands of opposition helpers across the country can record and photograph the result sheet of every ballot box. New York Times, "Turkish Opposition Hopes 4 Parties Are Mightier Than 1 Against Erdogan," 9 June 2018 The American people have largely taken the disruptive Trump Presidency in stride, going about their lives and expressing their approval or not the constitutional way—at the ballot box. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The FBI’s Trump Panic," 18 Feb. 2019 In the commercial capital, Lagos, ballot boxes were smashed and burned. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria’s Election Gets Under Way After a Stop-Start Runup," 23 Feb. 2019 And for Election Day, chain restaurants have been offering deals to those who make it to the ballot box (and even those who don't or are too young to cast a vote). Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "7 Election Day Free Food Deals," 6 Nov. 2018 In Massachusetts, activists who believe the state needs more transportation funding haven’t had a lot of recent success at the statewide ballot box. Adam Vaccaro,, "A Blue Line to Lynn? Advocates are pushing a new way to fund transportation projects," 12 July 2018 The road toward ethnic cleansing in America begins and ends at the same place: The ballot box. Will Bunch,, "Can Trump's slow-motion ethnic cleansing keep whites in U.S. majority? | Will Bunch," 12 July 2018

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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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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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