|Origin:||ballotta, from balla ( BALLOON1); because small balls were used for voting|
1 [uncountable and countable]PPV
a system of voting, usually in secret, or an occasion when you vote in this way:
The party leader is elected by secret ballot.
Workers at the plant held a ballot and rejected strike action.
a piece of paper on which you make a secret vote [= ballot paper]:
Only 22% of voters cast their ballots.
the total number of votes in an election:
He won 54% of the ballot.