bal·​lo·​tage | \ ¦balə¦täzh \
plural -s

Definition of ballotage

: a second ballot taken to decide between the two or three highest candidates when no candidate receives a majority of the votes on the first ballot

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History and Etymology for ballotage

French ballottage, from ballotter to subject to a second ballot, literally, shake, toss + -age

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“Ballotage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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