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

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Recent Examples on the Web The Tigers lost the Citrus Bowl to Minnesota and slipped to No. 14 in the final balloting. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alabama moves up in final AP poll," 14 Jan. 2020 Speaking of inauthenticity, this story is hitting amid Hall of Fame balloting and the mess the performance-enhancing drug era has inflicted there. Chad Finn,, "Baseball’s authenticity takes another hit, and its loyal fans suffer," 14 Jan. 2020 Under the rules of the Iowa caucuses, many voters who support less popular candidates will have to back someone other than their top choice in the final balloting. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "New Iowa Poll Shows Tight Race, With Joe Biden Jumping Ahead," 13 Jan. 2020 With the Oscars telecast moved up two weeks to Feb. 9, a compressed awards season meant balloting closed two weeks earlier than normal. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Oscar nominations 2020: It's not #OscarsSoWhite, but it's not good enough," 13 Jan. 2020 Brown is the leading vote-getter in Pro Bowl balloting among AFC tackles, while Yanda is No. 1 at guard. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens’ dominant offensive line believes it still has ‘a lot of room to grow.' The 49ers are its biggest test.," 29 Nov. 2019 Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged., "Top Dentists 2019," 21 Nov. 2019 County officials have been cautious about how to introduce the new system and timed the conversion so election judges and workers could use it in a low-key election prior to the huge turnout expected in the 2020 presidential balloting. Scott Huddleston,, "Bexar County rolls out new polling machines today as early voting starts," 21 Oct. 2019 Unsurprisingly, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo ranked as the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference, collecting 1,073,358 since balloting began on Christmas Day. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Eastern Conference – but trails Luka Doncic – in all-star voting," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of balloting

1549, in the meaning defined above

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“Balloting.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of balloting

: an act or process of voting

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