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BALLOT, government. A diminutive ball, i. e. a little ball used in giving votes; the act itself of giving votes. A little ball or ticket used in voting privately, and, for that purpose, put, into a box, (commonly called a ballot-box,) or into some other contrivance.

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1 million absentee ballots, and of those at least 1.
The answers are automatically added to the voter registration form, fax cover sheet, and Federal Write-In Ballot, which are then downloaded, signed, and mailed to the address of the local election official.
voters, including Floridians in 27 of 67 counties, used punch-card ballots in this year's election.
In fact, a 2002 study by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) showed that 30 states and the District of Columbia had similar practices before HAVA, though they often used other terminology such as challenged ballots, special ballots or conditional ballots.
Oregon verifies every signature on a mailed-in ballot against the voting registration card--a safeguard that still doesn't exist in many states (all of which use absentee ballots).
Enact election day registration (EDR) to increase turnout and reduce the need for provisional ballots.
In Texas, "vote whores" do favors for people in return for their absentee ballots.
Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation, said that while the boom in absentee ballots makes it more convenient to vote -- and thus may boost turnout -- it also has an isolating effect.
Though it will soon be consigned to the scrap heap of electoral history, the Votomatic really was a huge step forward, replacing the far more easily manipulated paper ballots.
A public auditing firm shall be engaged to count the ballots and record the results of the election on the first weekday following January 15.
The reporter further testified that an election official "leaked" to her a list of over 1,000 absentee voters whose ballots were disqualified because the voters were supposedly felons.
Ballot Now, a digital image scan system, has been used to accurately process and resolve millions of absentee and Election Day ballots by Hart customers throughout the nation.