short ballot

noun

Definition of 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 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 Mayor Ron Nirenberg and several council members threw their support behind the request, acknowledging the advantages to the program of being on a shorter ballot. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of short ballot

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short%20ballot. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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