One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An instance of casting more votes than is permissible at an election.
1with object To defeat by a majority of votes; = "outvote". Now rare.
2with object And without object. To cast more than the permissible number of votes for a post, candidate, etc., or on a ballot paper, at an election.
1960s; earliest use found in The Washington Post. From over- + vote<br>mid 17th century; earliest use found in Cornelius Burges (d. 1665), Church of England clergyman and ejected minister. From over- + vote.
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