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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The balloting process - which was sort of a manual one having boxes inscribed with various posts - was transparent, as many candidates witnessed it.
According to details the Supreme Court has ordered the ministry to refrain from issuing results of balloting on Friday.
A video recording of the whole balloting process will be arranged to make it part of the official record.
Indeed, in "A Fallible 'Fail-Safe,'" a recent Demos report on provisional balloting in the 2006 election, I analyzed more than five hundred calls made to the Election Protection hotline and found that more than 40 percent had to do with errors with voter registration lists.
It also features online help to assist users through all steps in the balloting process.
Still, as the balloting at that week's convention began, Willkie had only 105 votes on the first ballot.
That is why the League of Women Voters is making a special effort to inform election officials, League members and other citizens about provisional balloting and how to implement it.
The board of directors met on March 3, 2003 and approved the amendments to the TAPPI Bylaws allowing electronic balloting in annual Association elections, which will be in effect for the 2003-04 board election.
Deficiencies in balloting systems and questions of the integrity of the election results forced the public to wonder just how capable and democratic U.S.