Bal"lot (?), n. [F. ballotte, fr. It. ballotta. See Ball round body.]


Originally, a ball used for secret voting. Hence: Any printed or written ticket used in voting.


The act of voting by balls or written or printed ballots or tickets; the system of voting secretly by balls or by tickets.

The insufficiency of the ballot. Dickens.

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The whole number of votes cast at an election, or in a given territory or electoral district.

Ballot box, a box for receiving ballots.


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Bal"lot (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Balloted; p. pr. & vb. n. Balloting.] [F. ballotter to toss, to ballot, or It. ballottare. See Ballot, n.]

To vote or decide by ballot; as, to ballot for a candidate.


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Bal"lot, v. t.

To vote for or in opposition to.

None of the competitors arriving to a sufficient number of balls, they fell to ballot some others. Sir H. Wotton.


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