Definition of ballot:
- 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 whole number of votes cast at an election, or in a given territory or electoral district.
- To vote for or in opposition to.
- To vote or decide by ballot; as, to ballot for a candidate.
There was only one ball against me among twenty- seven for me in the ballot- box; the meetings were then held at Somerset House, the Society on a less numerous scale than at present, and the elections easier and more frequent.- "My Life as an Author", Martin Farquhar Tupper.
Mr. Cobbett's leave- taking address was published, in which he pretty clearly intimated what would be the fate of every man that remained in the country, who had been an active leader of the people in promoting petitions for Annual Parliaments, Universal Suffrage, and Vote by Ballot; and he avowed the dread of a dungeon to be the cause of his leaving the country!- "Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3", Henry Hunt.
- "Studies in Literature and History", Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall.