ballot


ballot
Derived from ballotta, a round bullet, used for casting a vote. Process or means of voting, usually in secret, by written or printed tickets or slips of paper, or voting machine. Piece of paper or levers on voting machine on which the voter gives expression to his choice. Sawyer Stores v. Mitchell, 103 Mont. 148, 62 P.2d 342, 348.
A means, or instrumentality, by which a voter secretly indicates his will or choice so that it may be recorded as being in favor of a certain candidate or for or against a certain proposition or measure. Porter v. Oklahoma City, Okl., 446 P.2d 384, 391.
The whole amount of votes cast. Also, list of candidates running for office.
@ joint ballot
In parliamentary practice, an election or vote by ballot participated in by the members of both houses of a legislative assembly sitting together as one body, the result being determined by a majority of the votes cast by the joint assembly thus constituted, instead of by concurrent majorities of the two houses.
@ mutilated ballot
One from which the name of the candidate is cut out. One which is destitute or deprived of some essential or valuable part; greatly shortened.
@ office block ballot
A ballot form on which the names of all candidates for a particular office are listed under the office title. Listings are made under various titles regardless of the various party affiliations of the candidates.
@ official ballot
Depending on its use in local statutes, this term has a varied meaning. It may refer to a ballot which has been furnished by the clerk; or it may contemplate that a ballot must have been printed under the supervision of a designated member of the electoral board, sealed by the board, and by resolution declared to be one of the official ballots for the election to be held.
@ party column ballot
Ballot form on which the names of all candidates of each political party are placed in separate columns under party names and symbols, regardless of the offices sought by the candidates.
@ secret ballot
The expression by ballot, voting machine, or otherwise, but in no event by proxy, of a choice with respect to any election or vote taken upon any matter, which is cast in such a manner that the person expressing such choice cannot be identified with the choice expressed
@ ballot-box
A locked box wherein ballots are deposited
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