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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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 There is little hope of change coming through the ballot box since the opposition is crushed and the next election, in 2020, will probably be rigged. The Economist, "Tanzania’s rogue president," 15 Mar. 2018 The Regional Transit Authority failed to get a millage proposal approved at the ballot box in 2016 by about 18,000 votes out of more than 1.8 million cast. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "'Opt out' proposal may be trouble for regional transit plan," 9 May 2018 Unions have been fighting the policy for years in Missouri, defeating it at the ballot box 40 years ago. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Could Missouri's right-to-work vote be a 'turnaround' for labor? Unions hope so.," 10 July 2018 The only recourse now, critics say, is the ballot box, and particularly the September 12 primary, which is arguably more important than the November general election in this one-party-run state. NBC News, "The last bastion of anti-abortion Democrats — and the move to oust them," 25 June 2018 The massive opposition demonstrations in the days preceding the vote ended up providing compelling political theater but little at the ballot box. James Hertling,, "Erdogan - the World’s Newest Strongman," 25 June 2018 But even a victory at the ballot box may not guarantee the stadium grounds will be redeveloped soon. Jeff Mcdonald,, "SDSU withholds records related to stadium development, cites attorney-client privilege," 25 June 2018 Last year, a party that has supplied two Fifth Republic presidents and nine prime ministers was rudely rejected at the ballot box. The Economist, "The incredible disappearing French Socialist Party," 21 June 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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