A ballot is a device used to cast votes in an election, and may be a piece of paper or a small ball used in secret voting. It was originally a small ball (see blackballing) used to record decisions made by voters.
Each voter uses one ballot, and ballots are not shared. In the simplest elections, a ballot may be a simple scrap of paper on which each voter writes in the name of a candidate, but governmental elections use preprinted ballots to protect the secrecy of the votes. The voter casts their ballot in a box at a polling station.
In British English, this is usually called a "ballot paper". The word ballot is used for an election process within an organisation (such as a trade union "holding a ballot" of its members).

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  1. 0GRE

    Legislating the US into food shortages

    My tin-foil hat may be on a bit too tight but a couple things came to my attention this week which have me looking to buying more property for the purpose of gardening and keeping some protein on hand: My wife has a friend, from college, who lives in the Fresno area. That family (three...
  2. Frank RW

    National  So, my NRA ballot came in the mail today...

    Received the NRA 2019 Board of Directors ballot package today. I don't know anything about anyone on the list. Any recommendations or insights? Someone I should definitely, or not, vote for? Says to limit to 27, but heck, there's that many on the Board? As you can tell, I shouldn't be...
  3. IOM

    National  Gun Control Group Pushes Ballot Initiative to Ban ‘Assault Weapons’ in Florida

    | Breitbart FL Group Pushes Initiative to End 'Assault Weapon' Ownership Florida is working with a group from California to get signatures for the petition, is that even legal...???
  4. Joe Link

    Washington  Washington voters get to weigh in on ballot measure that seeks to toughen gun laws

    Washington voters get to weigh in on ballot measure that seeks to toughen gun laws
  5. GlockFan1990

    Oregon  Draft Ballot Title for 2020-008

    The Elections Division received a draft ballot title from the Attorney General on September 25, 2018, for Initiative Petition , proposed for the November 3, 2020, General Election. Caption Amends Constitution: Right to bear arms includes possession, use, transfer of firearms/accessories...
  6. Joe Link

    Washington  Court overturns I-1639 decision, allows gun measure on ballot

    Court overturns I-1639 decision, allows gun measure on ballot
  7. 41mag

    Washington  Superior Judge reverses lower court ruling: I-1639 ballot WILL appear in November

    what's this now? SUPREME Wa Judge makes changes? Washington state gun control initiative will appear on November ballot
  8. Joe Link

    Washington  Initiative concerning firearms certified for November ballot

    Initiative concerning firearms certified for November ballot
  9. trikerdon

    Pro-Second Amendment measure to appear on Klamath ballot

    KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Petitioners collected enough signatures to place a pro-Second Amendment measure on the November ballot in Klamath County. The Herald and News reports the measure — if passed — would create an ordinance making it illegal for the county to infringe on a person's right...
  10. N

    Oregon  IP-6 requires Firearms Safety Education in Public Schools

    They're "shooting" for 2020 election. Currently in the 1000 signature gathering stage. The text:
  11. arakboss

    Oregon  Downside of IP43 not making it on ballot

    Don't get me wrong, I am a happy camper that IP43 is dead. But one downside might be that with IP43 missing from the ballot, it could temper voter turn out. I suppose it could affect turn out on both sides. Does anybody else share this concern? How can we replace that motivation to vote for the...
  12. sed

    Oregon  IP44 is Dead...For Now

    Backers Of Oregon Gun Storage Measure Call Off Effort — For Now
  13. Joe Link

    Oregon  NRA and hunting groups appeal gun storage ballot title to Oregon Supreme Court

    NRA and hunting groups appeal gun storage ballot title to Oregon Supreme Court
  14. trikerdon

    Oregon: Ballot Title Certified for Initiative Restricting Your Right to Self-Defense

    NRA-ILA | Oregon: Ballot Title Certified for Initiative Restricting Your Right to Self-Defense
  15. trikerdon

    Oregon Attorney General Issues Ballot Title for Assault Weapons Ban

    <broken link removed>
  16. ZigZagZeke

    Oregon  Appeals Against IP43 Ballot Title to the Oregon Supreme Court

    If you filed a comment on the proposed ballot title for IP43 a few days ago, you now have standing to appeal the revised ballot title to the Oregon Supreme Court. I'm told that this will further delay signature gathering until the Oregon Supreme Court can deal with the appeals. The form for...
  17. Dave Workman

    I-1639 Ballot Title Challenged!

    Effort supported by SAF, CCRKBA Ballot Title Challenges Filed v. WA Gun Control Initiative Three different challenges have been filed against the Ballot Title of anti-gun Initiative 1639 in Washington State, including one that alleges the measure “proposes a variety of new and unprecedented...
  18. arakboss

    Oregon  IP 44 Draft Ballot Title Complaint Letter Due Today. It's not too late.

    Here is my letter, feel free to copy, paste, personalize and send it: OFF link to letter requirements: Gun Ban Comments Swamp Secretary of State - Oregon Firearms Federation Copy of my letter: Oregon Attorney General C/O Oregon Secretary of State 255 Capitol Street NE Ste. 501 Salem, OR...
  19. GlockFan1990

    Oregon  Gun Confiscation Ballot Measure Update

    Last evening at 5pm was the deadline for submitting comments on the ballot title for IP 43, the firearms confiscation measure. This measure would ban not only almost all modern firearms but could potentially even ban some lever action rifles. Anyone who commented has standing to challenge the...
  20. N

    Oregon  My draft objection letter to the IP43 ballot title

    My goal is to take as much of their time as possible. :) But not your time - just skim it, use anything I've written in your letter if you want to, let me know what I should remove. Sorry I'm not a good writer, but here it is. Should I remove the last sentence in PART 1, section 1? Skim...
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