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  Secret ballot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Although the colony of Victoria enacted legislation for secret ballots on March 19, 1856, credit is generally given to South Australian Electoral Commissioner William Boothby for creating the system finally enacted into law in South Australia on April 2 of that same year (a fortnight later).
The UK secret ballot arrangements are sometimes criticised because it is possible to link a ballot paper to the voter that cast it.
When an elector is given a ballot paper, their number is noted down on the counterfoil of the ballot paper (which also carries the ballot paper number).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Secret_ballot   (580 words)

 Ballot Access: A Formidable Barrier To Fair Participation
By contrast, the campaign spending laws (for federal office) are uniform for the entire nation, leading to the strengths and weaknesses of the campaign spending laws for federal office being familiar to the press and most political activists.
The ballot access laws for new and minor parties to get on the ballot for Congress are so tough, that not since 1920 has any third party been able to place candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives on the ballot in even half of the districts!
Ballot access rules are the same for all parties in Great Britain and Canada.
www.ballot-access.org /winger/fbfp.html   (915 words)

 ballot on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The choice may be indicated on or by the ballot forms themselves—e.g., colored balls (hence the term ballot, which is derived from the Italian ballotta, meaning “little ball”), printed tickets, or mechanical or electronic devices—or by the depositories into which the ballots are put.
The ballot was used in Athens in the 5th cent.
Ballots were not used during the Middle Ages, but reappeared in the Italian communes and in elections to the papacy during the 13th cent.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/b1/ballot.asp   (778 words)

 LWVC: Voter Information: Elections. Voting by Mail
An absentee ballot is a paper ballot, with the same candidates and measures on it as you would receive at your polling place on election day.
Your ballot must be received at the elections office or any polling place in your county before the polls close (usually 8 p.m.) on election day.
There is a special form for registering to vote and for requesting an absentee ballot if you are living in a foreign country on election day or if you are in the military service.
ca.lwv.org /lwvc/edfund/elections/e3abs.html   (733 words)

 Ballot Design   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Voters are issued a single ballot containing all the parties or candidates in the election, and they have to indicate on the ballot which of these is preferred before placing the ballot in the ballot box.
Where separate ballots are provided for each candidate or party, and voters have to choose and envelope the one appropriate to their choice, ballot design issues are relatively simple.
A set of ballot papers designed for a similar system, with the addition of a "Robson" rotation method of selecting ballot paper order (equal numbers of ballot papers produced with each candidate at the head of the ballot paper) are at Set of Robson Rotation Ballot Papers, Tasmania, 1996.
www.aceproject.org /main/english/po/poc02a   (1367 words)

 Ballot Measures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
To qualify a statutory initiative for the ballot, you must get the signatures of at least 5 percent of the total number of qualified voters in the state, including at least 5 percent of the voters in each of 34 legislative representative districts (currently a total of 22,308 signatures).
To qualify a constitutional initiative for the ballot, you must get the signatures of at least 10 percent of the total number of qualified voters in the state, including at least 10 percent of the voters in each of 40 legislative representative districts (currently a total of 44,615 signatures).
To qualify an initiative referendum for the ballot, you must get the signatures of at least 5 percent of the total number of qualified voters in the state, including at least 5 percent of the voters in each of 34 legislative representative districts (currently a total of 22,308 signatures).
sos.state.mt.us /css/ELB/Ballot_Measures.asp   (733 words)

Eighteen of the measures were placed on the ballot by citizen petition, 17 initiatives and a referendum in Maine.
Heading the list of 8 propositions on the ballot is measure to take districting out of the hands of legislatures and give it to a panel of retired judges, and a measure to cap the growth of state spending.
In looking at the measures placed on the ballot by the state legislatures, the voters continued the trend of passing those at a higher percentage than citizen measures by adopting almost 71% of them.
www.ballotwatch.org   (1842 words)

 Easy Voter -- Easy Reading Voter Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ballot measures are proposed laws presented to the public to vote on.
Propositions 46 through 48 were placed on the ballot by the State Legislature.
Propositions 49 through 52 are "initiatives" that were placed on the ballot by people who collected enough signatures.
www.easyvoter.org /ervg/ervg_2002_11/ballot.html   (1070 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Any registered voter, who prefers to vote by mail, may request an absentee ballot by completing the application on the back cover of the sample ballot or by downloading the application and mailing it to the Registrar of Voters.
An absentee ballot request must be submitted for each election and received by the Registrar’s Office no later than 7 days prior to the election.
Your Absentee Ballot must be received at the Registrar’s Office or at any Polling Place in Orange County before the close of the polls at 8:00 p.m.
www.oc.ca.gov /election/Material/4a-6.htm   (338 words)

 Voting by Absentee Ballot - Maryland State Board of Elections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Since the deadline to apply for and receive an absentee ballot by mail has passed, a voter who needs to vote an absentee ballot will have to fill out the Late Application and deliver it (either personally or through an agent) to the County Board of Elections in the county in which the voter resides.
After you receive your ballot, vote the ballot and return it to your County Board of Elections before or by 8 p.m.
It was mailed from a location outside the United States before election day, bearing a postmark verifying that fact, and the ballot is received from the postal service by 10 a.m.
www.elections.state.md.us /voters/absentee_ballot.html   (466 words)

 Absentee Ballot Law Is A Joke That Isn't Funny
The folks in Tallahassee, at the urging of elections supervisors across the state, claim the witness requirement was too burdensome on some people and that 2,000 absentee ballots had to be discarded this year during the presidential primary because they didn't have the required signature.
Absentee ballot fraud has long been a problem in South Florida, with candidates often buying ballots, or worse, stealing them from unsuspecting people in nursing homes and condominiums.
In the past, when absentee ballot fraud has been caught, it was the witnesses who often went to jail, who in turn could point a finger at the politician.
www.rense.com /general53/absenteeballotlaw.htm   (656 words)

 bectubbc news - Ballot threat to BBCT sell-off
The ballot announcement came shortly after Computer Services Corporation, one of the three shortlisted bidders hoping to buy BBC Technology, pulled out of the contest.
Although the union's plan for a ballot was not a factor in CSC's decision to drop out, a strong vote for action will demonstrate to the remaining bidders that staff inside BBC Technology are still resolutely opposed to the sell-off.
The industrial action ballot is being conducted after BECTU and BBC Technology management disagreed over several issues posed by the privatisation threat.
www.bectubbc.org.uk /news/2004/20040614a.html   (875 words)

 Election 2000 Ballot Design: Why Usability Testing Matters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The ballot does in fact feature arrows leading from the candidate's name to the appropriate holes -- but the arrows are short, making the visual connection line weak.
Another 19,000 ballots in Palm Beach were thrown out because people seem to have voted twice; this problem is potentially far more significant, given the tightness of the race.
There are probably just as many poorly-designed ballots that led people to vote for Gore by mistake, which means that if the design of one ballot is challenged in court, thousands of ballots across the nation will likely be under scrutiny.
jerz.setonhill.edu /design/usability/use-ballot.htm   (1128 words)

 Green Party ballot qualification history
In Hawai'i in 1992, the qualification criteria for statewide ballot status was to gather a number of petition signers equal to 1% of the number of registered voters in the state.
His 2.9% was not sufficient to surpass the 10% needed for the Hawai'i Green Party to retain its ballot status.
On this basis, the Greens were denied ballot status after the November 1996 elections, because they did not retain ballot status by receiving 10% or more in a statewide race.
www.feinstein.org /greenparty/ballotqualifiedHI.html   (380 words)

 Voting in Person. LWVC: Voter Information: Elections
See "Provisional Ballot" for information about voting at a precinct that is not the one you are assigned.
Only the sample ballot mailed to you will correspond exactly with the ballot you are given when you go to vote.
If you requested an absentee ballot but did not receive it or lost it you may vote a provisional ballot at the early voting location or at your regular polling place on election day.
ca.lwv.org /lwvc/edfund/elections/e3person.html   (1085 words)

 Election scrutiny focused on Palm Beach ballot - November 10, 2000
The ballots are marked with a fl arrow pointing toward the proper spot to mark for each candidate.
Republicans note that the ballot was approved by county officials -- including a Democratic county elections supervisor -- and that the same type of ballot had been used four years ago.
Theresa LePore, the county election official who approved the ballot, told the Palm Beach Post shortly after the vote that she would not approve a similar ballot again.
archives.cnn.com /2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/11/10/ballot.confusion   (1242 words)

 Absentee Voting   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
To receive a ballot by mail, a voter must file a written application for an absentee ballot with the person in charge of the election.
All voted ballots must be returned to the person in charge of the election in time to be delivered to the appropriate polling place prior to the closing of the polls.
Send your absentee ballot application for a municipal election to the "Finance Officer" at the address for the municipality in which you are a registered voter and resident.
www.sdsos.gov /absentee.htm   (561 words)

 Encyclopedia: C.H.D. Buys Ballot
C.H.D. Buys Ballot Buys-Ballots law, in meteorology, is the name given to a law which may be expressed as follows: In the Northern Hemisphere, stand with your back to the wind; the low pressure area will be on your left.
Buys Ballot is best known for his accomplishments in the field of meteorology, specifically the explanation of the direction of air flow in large weather systems.
The Northern Hemisphere is the half of a planets surface (or celestial sphere) that is north of the equator (the word hemisphere literally means half ball).
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/C.H.D.-Buys-Ballot   (710 words)

 Best Practices: Ballot Templates - www.electionaccess.org
• The ballot is inserted in a folder by an election official.
By feeling this cut away piece, and by feeling the perforated edge on the left side of the ballot, the blind voter can independently determine that the ballot is correctly inserted in the folder.
All ballots are cut in this manner so as to ensure the secrecy of the ballot cast by the blind voter.
www.electionaccess.org /Bp/Ballot_Templates.htm   (305 words)

 Nader gets spot on Iowa ballot - Tom Curry - MSNBC.com
President Bush won the count of ballots cast on Election Day, but once the absentee ballots were tallied, Democrat Al Gore pulled it out by a margin of 4,144, one-third of one percent.
All he needs to do is to be on the ballot in three or four or five of the battleground states to make a difference in the election," said Chris Kofinis, a strategist for a group called theNaderFactor.com, which is trying to persuade would-be Nader voters to re-consider.
Absentee ballots must be delivered to municipal clerks throughout the state by Oct. 4.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/5818326   (1289 words)

 My Way - News
In a memo to Florida's 67 county supervisors of elections, Division of Elections director Dawn Roberts said the uncertainty of Hurricane Ivan, which could hit parts of the state by week's end, forced her to act.
The action came in an ongoing legal battle over whether Nader should be allowed on the Florida ballot as the Reform Party candidate.
The appeal application automatically lifts the injunction, allowing the counties to put Nader's name on overseas absentee ballots, which must be mailed by Saturday.
news.myway.com /top/article/id/413583|top|09-13-2004::18:47|reuters.html   (482 words)

 Bureau of Elections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The county clerk must either mail the ballot or notify the voter why the application was not accepted within 24 hours of receipt of the application.
Ballots must be returned to the county clerk before 7:00 p.m.
Your ballot will be given to the person who presented the request to the county clerk and shall be returned by the same person (Section 1-6-16.2, NMSA 1978).
www.sos.state.nm.us /Election/ElectionInfo.htm   (1689 words)

 SCSOE - Absentee Ballot FAQ (Absentee)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
An absentee ballot may be requested for a specific election or for all elections which are held within a calendar year.
Absentee ballots are mailed approximately 28 days prior to each election to those voters who have requested an absentee ballot.
Absentee ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections by mail or delivery by the voter or another individual.
semcoelections.org /how_to_vote/absentee   (468 words)

 Navajo County's Recorder's Office ~ Early Voting Ballot Request
You must sign the ballot envelope in order for your ballot to be processed.
Ballots must be returned by 7:00 PM on election day.
Early ballots may be requested up to 90 days before the election.
www.co.navajo.az.us /Recorders/vrballot2.aspx   (318 words)

 Elections: How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot
If you wish to vote by absentee ballot for more than one election in a year you may make one application and request that ballots for all elections during that calendar year be sent to you.
The doctor must state that you are permanently unable to cast your ballot at the polling place due to a physical disability.
If the patient states that he/she has entered a hospital after noon of the fifth day before the election, the ballot may be hand-delivered to the voter; otherwise, the ballot should be mailed to the voter at the facility.
www.sec.state.ma.us /ele/eleifv/howabs.htm   (759 words)

 Ballot Access News
Furthermore, US Supreme Court ballot access jurisprudence says that candidates for Congress cannot be kept off the November ballot if they have a modicum of support and if they hold the qualifications to be a member of congress, and if they have not sabotaged their own political party by “sore loser” behavior.
There are many surprisingly restrictive ballot access laws in this country, which the average voter has no knowledge or conception of; part of our purpose here (besides reporting on progress made) is to report on these restrictive ballot access laws so that more people are aware of them.
Ballot Access 2000 'Breaking News' for short updates that came in too late for the printed version of the newsletter.
www.ballot-access.org   (2395 words)

 Absentee Ballot Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Request for ballot should be made by mail to the County Auditor/Commissioner of Elections, in the county you are registered to vote in, no earlier than 70 days prior to an election.
If the application is received so late that it is unlikely that the absentee ballot can be returned by mail in time to be counted on election day, the commissioner shall enclose with the absentee ballot a statement to that effect.
In requesting an absentee ballot, state your name, voting address, the address to which your ballot should be sent, and sign the request as you are registered.
www.sos.state.ia.us /elections/electioninfo/absenteeinfo.html   (232 words)

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