down·​bal·​lot ˈdau̇n-ˌba-lət How to pronounce downballot (audio)
variants or down-ballot
: of, relating to, or being a political contest for an office that is of relatively low importance and that is typically listed below the most important office on a ballot
a downballot candidate/race
downballot wins/losses
… the downballot mayors and governors who spoke last night at the Democratic convention …Matthew Yglesias

Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of downballot was in 1982

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Cite this Entry

“Downballot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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