ballot box

noun
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of ballot box

1 : a box for receiving ballots
2 : ballot 2a
stuff the ballot box
chiefly US
: to attempt to control the outcome of an election by having multiple illegitimate votes cast in support of the desired candidate
  • They said the vote-rigging included stuffing ballot boxes, buying votes and absent names on the voter rolls.
  • —Sonia Verma
  • By a margin of just 277 votes (some say ballot boxes were stuffed), Brooklyn, the nation's fourth-largest city, had voted to give up its proud and independent history.
  • —James Sterngold

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First Known Use of ballot box

circa 1677


BALLOT BOX Defined for English Language Learners

ballot box

noun

Definition of ballot box for English Language Learners

  • : a box that holds the ballots used for voting in an election

  • : an act of voting using secret ballots



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