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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 partial results of the Comission on Elections' (Comelec) random manual audit (RMA) ,meant to test the capacity of vote-counting machines (VCM) to read ballot shades in the May 13 polls, showed a 99-percent accuracy rate, a Comelec official said on Thursday.
After accomplishing the ballot with a ballot secrecy folder as cover, the voter should fold the ballot in the same way it was given to him and return it to the Poll Clerk.
By April 24, Comelec would start deploying the official ballots, accountable forms, other election paraphernalia and the hardware for the automated election system.
Being untraceable back to the voter by signature, code or even a ballot number, how, for example, is the voter assured that his or her vote is entered the way they intended.
Apple Daily reports that a lawyer from Ting's camp, Yeh Ching-yuan , confirmed the fact that 60 ballots had been lost from a box of 3,000 ballots during yesterday's inspection.
It costs around USD 69 for each postal ballot package to post for a one way to country like Australia, the United States and European countries.
Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s opposition to the use of ballot images that he had earlier asked to be decrypted and printed.
They said that the ballots were shifted to government primary school, Timergara.
Ballot proposal elections are typically considered "low information" races.
If it's safe and secure for political parties to elect candidates and leaders online, why can't unions have electronic ballots?" The TUC pointed out that the Conservative Party elected its London mayoral candidate through online voting in 2016, and in 2015 and 2016 Labour balloted members electronically for its leadership contest.
If you don't put the right amount of postage on, your ballot will still (probably) be counted. In Missoula County, Montana, for example, election official Vickie Zeier ( told KECI that she'll get ballots whether they're properly stamped or not. "The post office will send it to us with postage due and we'll accept the ballot," Zeier added.