bal·​lot·​ing | \ ˈba-lə-tiŋ How to pronounce balloting (audio) \

Definition of balloting

: an act or process of voting finished second in the balloting for the MVP award Even in Oregon, where mail-in balloting makes voting convenient, two-thirds of those registered sat out the May primary.— Karen Tumulty

Examples of balloting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The radical transition to unprecedented levels of mail-in balloting tested the ability of state registrars to authenticate and efficiently count ballots, which often did not meet verification standards of past absentee voting. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "What Will Historians Make of Our Annus Horribilis?," 31 Dec. 2020 The new case is at least the fourth involving Pennsylvania that Trump’s campaign or Republican allies have taken to the Supreme Court in a bid to overturn Biden’s victory in the state or at least reverse court decisions involving mail-in balloting. Jill Colvin And Marc Levy, USA TODAY, "Trump wants Supreme Court to overturn Pennsylvania election results," 20 Dec. 2020 Three players with Alabama football roots are position leaders in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Pro Bowl voting features 3 leaders with Alabama roots," 26 Nov. 2020 The governor wants to expand early voting and mail balloting for the Nov. 3 election. Clancy Dubos,, "Clancy DuBos: GOP keeps playing politics with voting rights," 28 Aug. 2020 Republican state lawmakers in three battleground states where President Biden narrowly edged Donald Trump in November’s presidential election are pushing to tighten voting restrictions on mail-in balloting in future contests. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Republicans in key battlegrounds push to tighten voting rules in wake of Trump's defeat," 31 Jan. 2021 Cash, who turns 43 on Dec. 6, finished third in balloting for AL Manager of the Year in each of the past two seasons. Jay Cohen,, "Kevin Cash, Don Mattingly win Manager of the Year awards," 10 Nov. 2020 Democrats have pushed mail-in balloting as a safer alternative to in-person voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Randy Furst, Star Tribune, "Minnesota joins suit to protect election mail," 18 Aug. 2020 Electronic balloting began Thursday and continues until 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Hannah Leone,, "Would a Chicago teachers walkout be legal? What you need to know about the fight over reopening CPS schools.," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of balloting

1549, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balloting was in 1549

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22 Feb 2021

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“Balloting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of balloting

: an act or process of voting

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