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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And, most importantly, support, at the ballot box, local party leaders who understand the importance of climate change to the Democratic party. Natasha Geiling, The New Republic, "Make Democratic Leaders Pay for Their Climate Cowardice," 3 Sep. 2019 Polls suggest Trudeau's Liberals and the opposition Conservatives are in a dead heat as Canadians prepare to go to the ballot box on Oct. 21. NBC News, "Canada's Trudeau fights for survival as election is called amid scandal," 12 Sep. 2019 Lyft, Uber, and other tech companies have been among the most visible in their pushback against the bill, and have already invested a collective $90 million in bringing it to the ballot box as a proposition if AB 5 passes. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "Why some on-demand drivers are fighting for — or against — California's gig economy bill," 9 Sep. 2019 In 2018, Democrats outpaced Republicans at the ballot box by 4 percentage points. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Can these three Republicans save the Colorado GOP from obscurity?," 8 Sep. 2019 With luck, this time nobody will stuff the ballot boxes. The Economist, "There is more to North Carolina’s special election than Donald Trump," 5 Sep. 2019 The region will seek $1.25 billion from the Federal Transit Administration and will ask voters to contribute $850 million at the November 2020 ballot box., "Barbur light rail project faces $462 million funding gap, tough decisions loom," 23 Aug. 2019 Related The process of opening locked ballot boxes and sorting all of the 91,000 ballots could take at least two days, the officials said. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Queens District Attorney Primary Could Take Weeks to Call," 10 July 2019 And in a democracy power comes from being elected, from our votes at a ballot box. The New Yorker, "Robert Caro Reflects on Robert Moses, L.B.J., and His Own Career in Nonfiction," 1 July 2019

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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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