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 His true moment of reckoning would happen at the ballot box. New York Times, "Can America Restore the Rule of Law Without Prosecuting Trump?," 18 Nov. 2020 And his schedule has been largely void of public events since Americans rejected him at the ballot box. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Who will Trump grant his first post-election interview to? Here are some possibilities," 17 Nov. 2020 And the support doesn’t begin and end at the ballot box. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Black women, as a group, maintain legacy of high political participation and activism," 15 Nov. 2020 In several states, voters also resoundingly rejected radical reforms to restructure their political systems in ways that would have boosted Democrats at the ballot box. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Voters Say No Thanks to Progressive Ballot Measures," 13 Nov. 2020 Opponents of the measure question the wisdom of allowing wildlife management practices to be determined at the ballot box. Outdoor Life, "Colorado Voted to Reintroduce Gray Wolves. Here’s What You Need to Know," 11 Nov. 2020 Alabamians overwhelmingly backed Trump at the ballot box this year, casting over 1.4 million votes for the president versus under 835,000 for Biden. Connor Sheets |, al, "Alabamians respond to Biden presidency with joy, resignation, calls for reconciliation," 8 Nov. 2020 For the second time in two years, the state’s profitable kidney dialysis industry was challenged at the ballot box. Julie Rovner, Scientific American, "How the Election Could Affect Health Care and Drug Policy," 4 Nov. 2020 America did not, at the ballot box, deliver a clear repudiation of Trump and Trumpism. Steve Johnson,, "Review: Live on election night, Colbert, Noah struggle to make comedy out of the still unclear presidential results," 4 Nov. 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 2020

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“Ballot box.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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