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ballot

noun uk   /ˈbæl.ət/ us  
[C or U] a system or occasion of secret voting: Representatives were elected by ballot. Everyone casts his or her ballot (= votes) in secret. They decided to hold a ballot. [C] ( also ballot paper) a piece of paper on which you write your voteput sth to the ballot UK to vote secretly on a particular matter: OK, this seems to be an area of disagreement, so let's put it to the ballot.
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ballot

verb [T] uk   /ˈbæl.ət/ us  
to organize a secret vote by a group of people in order to find out their views: The union decided to ballot its members on the issue.
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