Definition of absentee ballot in English:

absentee ballot


  • A ballot completed and typically mailed in advance of an election by a voter who is unable to be present at the polls; a postal vote.

    • ‘Your absentee ballot will ensure that your vote can be verified.’
    • ‘In a few states, such voters can get an absentee ballot, but that takes foresight and planning that most of us lack.’
    • ‘In all, more than 1,400 El Segundo voters applied for an absentee ballot, and almost 1,300 of those ballots were actually voted.’
    • ‘My mother was not allowed to vote today because someone had already submitted an absentee ballot in her name.’
    • ‘Often the voter is registered to vote at his/her polling place and has also requested an absentee ballot.’
    • ‘State law requires local boards of elections to conduct absentee ballot voting at nursing homes.’
    • ‘Some question as to whether can you get your absentee ballot, vote on it and get it back in time for the election.’
    • ‘In California, where vote-by-mail has been in place for two decades, 38 percent of the voters who voted by mail in 2000 had not cast an absentee ballot in the last four years.’
    • ‘Many of these voters had voted an absentee ballot and wanted to know what would happen to their ballot.’
    • ‘The switch last fall from the punch-card ballots to the optical scanner machines allows a voter to complete an absentee ballot and feed it into the machine immediately.’
    • ‘You have to remember that we have an official who sent these voters their absentee ballot forms, they filled them out, they voted them properly, they were counted properly.’
    • ‘It's also worth noting that even if people don't apply for an absentee ballot, in many states you can vote early, which is what I plan to do.’
    • ‘But the effectiveness of this strategy depends, in part, upon whether a campaign can effectively predict who will cast an absentee ballot and which voters will do so early on.’
    • ‘This is the election to get them registered and make sure they vote, whether by sending them the link for an absentee ballot or offering to pick them up and take them to the polls on election day.’
    • ‘It was so recent that he wasn't able to request an absentee ballot but he was, nonetheless, determined to vote that day.’
    • ‘Those members who cannot attend the Convention are urged to exercise their right to vote by casting an absentee ballot.’
    • ‘We must arrange to vote by absentee ballot in the general election, so that we can go to the swing states and work to get out the vote on election day.’
    • ‘Make sure your vote counts, order your absentee ballot today.’
    • ‘Additionally, if the voter voted in person, the absentee ballot will be considered spoiled and the ‘in person’ vote will count.’
    • ‘There has been a great deal of suspicion about this election, especially because irregularities in the absentee ballot and voter registration processes came to light prior to the election.’


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