Definition of ballot box in US English:

ballot box

noun

  • 1A sealed box into which voters put completed ballots.

    • ‘Who, other than the voters, via the ballot box, should control the government?’
    • ‘Once the review is completed, the Clerk is directed to ensure that the tapes are placed back in the ballot boxes, and that the ballot boxes are sealed again.’
    • ‘According to Huang, ballots in the presidential ballot box will be counted before those in referendum boxes.’
    • ‘The High Court ordered ballot boxes sealed pending an investigation, but has not ordered a recount.’
    • ‘On a very basic level, the ongoing violence would make it difficult for voters to reach the ballot box.’
    • ‘He demanded that the Central Election Commission seal all ballot boxes in the 13,000 polling booths around the island so that a recount could be done.’
    • ‘The polling station staff were sealing up the ballot boxes after showing their empty insides to the observers.’
    • ‘The presiding officer at a polling station in whose ballot boxes strange things appeared at the recount, was a tall, imposing, black man.’
    • ‘Chan failed to mention that many of the past campaigns he was involved in were defeated by voters at the ballot box.’
    • ‘This could be explained by voters putting the slips in the wrong ballot box.’
    • ‘Once polling ends, ballot boxes will be sealed and transferred under guard to eight counting centres.’
    • ‘In part, that's because getting young voters to the ballot boxes costs three times as much as doing so with older voters.’
    • ‘After making their choice, voters place their ballot papers in a sealed ballot box and leave the station.’
    • ‘Under these circumstances no assessment was possible of the security of ballot papers, or ballot boxes, either before or after the vote.’
    • ‘For how did one design party symbols, ballot papers and ballot boxes for a mostly unlettered electorate?’
    • ‘Private vehicles have been completely banned, but public transport has been laid on to get voters to the ballot boxes.’
    • ‘The NPC's manifesto is being given to all candidates and we will publish their responses before older voters go to the ballot box.’
    • ‘There she will be able to fill in her ballot paper in private and put it in a ballot box.’
    • ‘That is a dramatic distortion of what voters said at the ballot box and created yet another phony majority government.’
    • ‘Councils across Greater Manchester have swapped the ballot box for the pillar box in a bid to stamp out low turnouts.’
    1. 1.1the ballot box Democratic principles and methods.
      ‘the proper remedy was the ballot box and not the court’
      • ‘If we are to have a figurehead as the leader of the nation, let it be the people's choice via the ballot box and not someone's birthright.’
      • ‘It will show that peaceful changes of government through the ballot box are possible.’
      • ‘People working for meaningful change have abandoned the ballot box in favour of direct action.’
      • ‘The entire issue goes far and beyond the issue of democracy through the ballot box.’
      • ‘When a country has an elected government then any organisation using the bomb rather than the ballot box should be classed a terrorist organisation.’
      • ‘Representative democracies rely on popular will expressed through the ballot box.’
      • ‘Clerics must now share their ethical monopoly with the ballot box.’
      • ‘Politics belongs in the ballot box and it doesn't belong in the jury box.’
      • ‘In a democracy, it is the ballot box that matters.’
      • ‘But if people showed through the ballot box their contempt for bigotry, a major blow could be struck against extremist politics.’
      • ‘Zambia's democracy thrives on the ballot box and we call on all registered voters to collect their cards without fail.’
      • ‘For much of the nineties, big business spent enormous energy on promoting the idea that markets and not the ballot box were the true instrument of democracy.’
      • ‘Mr Chibuluma said there was no alternative to making leaders accountable to their people than through the ballot box.’
      • ‘I think that many people have spoken through the ballot box on that issue.’
      • ‘To begrudge them the right to choose their own government via the ballot box is hypocritical in the extreme.’

Pronunciation

ballot box

/ˈbalət ˌbäks//ˈbælət ˌbɑks/