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Recent Examples on the Web Unlike a secret ballot, caucus participants meet at a specific time and place to publicly declare their support for a candidate. Gregory Korte,, "Caucus Games: How Last-Minute Maneuvers Could Tilt Iowa Outcome," 5 May 2020 North Dakota's contest functions like a primary with secret ballots but is run by the state Democratic party rather than the state government. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Biden ready to knock out Sanders: Latest primary updates," 10 Mar. 2020 Card check, which would make labor organizing far easier by effectively removing secret ballot elections, was a goal of Democrats during the Obama administration and was a top priority for unions. Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner, "Diminished expectations: Democratic labor bill waters down 'card check'," 5 Feb. 2020 The Silver Plate winners are then considered, via secret ballot, for the Gold Plate honor. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Brandon Chrostowski named Silver Plate recipient," 3 Mar. 2020 Employers then have the option of accepting the union's claim or requesting that the federal government oversee a secret ballot vote to verify that the workers do want a union. Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner, "For many labor organizers, Obama failure to pass card check bill is a black mark for Biden," 5 Mar. 2020 Unlike the Democrats, Republicans select their candidate via a simple secret ballot. NBC News, "What is the Iowa caucus process: How does the Iowa caucus work?," 3 Feb. 2020 New Hampshire Democratic officials said their election night would be far smoother next Tuesday; voters cast secret ballots rather than engaging in the complex process used by Iowa. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Race Moves to New Hampshire as Iowa Remains in Flux," 4 Feb. 2020 Jurors deliberate confidentially at trial; voters cast secret ballots. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The promise and perils of a secret impeachment vote in the Senate," 25 Dec. 2019

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Secret ballot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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