One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In early use: an advocate of the ballot, a ballotist. Later also: a person who casts a vote in a ballot, a balloter.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From ballot + -eer. With the sense ‘advocate of the ballot’ compare slightly later ballotist. With the sense ‘person who casts a vote in a ballot’ compare earlier ballotant, balloter.
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