short ballot


: a ballot limiting the number of elective offices to the most important legislative and executive posts and leaving minor positions to be filled by appointment

Examples of short ballot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a strange reversal of a longstanding trend with the Academy, this year’s documentary short ballot is almost entirely domestic (which is to say, films made by or about Americans), while the feature doc category — where subtitles aren’t so common — is entirely international. Peter Debruge, Variety, 10 Mar. 2024 About half a dozen poll workers said this election has been particularly slow, likely because of the short ballot and bad weather. Jolene Almendarez, The Enquirer, 16 May 2023 On Tuesday, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge ruled that Metro did not have to mention in its official short ballot explanation that the payroll tax is not temporary. oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short ballot was in 1909

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“Short ballot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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