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American English: /ˈbælət/
British English: /ˈbalət/

Translation of ballot in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable (system of voting) to decide by ballot
    decidir por votación
    Example sentences
    • Every district secretary, every regional secretary was elected by ballot.
    • Teachers in four other schools are to hold consultative strike ballots over the same issue.
    • Eurotunnel train drivers are to hold a strike ballot over the issue of trade union recognition, it was announced this week.
    1.2 countable (instance of voting) to hold or take a ballot on something
    someter algo a votación
    first/second ballot
    primera/segunda votación
    1.3 countable (number of votes cast)
    número (masculine) de votos
    Example sentences
    • The turnout for the ballot was 68 per cent, and of those, the vote was 2,947 in favour of action and 2,246 against.
    • There was a low turnout in the ballot with just 30 percent of teachers voting.
    • With less than 1 percent of ballot votes counted, the U.S.-backed Karzai is ahead with 56 percent of the vote.
    1.4 countableballot (paper)
    carta (feminine) electoral (Venezuela)
  • 2 countable (drawing of lots) (British) to have a ballot
    hacer un sorteo
    Example sentences
    • The Ticket Window, sometimes known as a ticket ballot or lottery, will give every applicant an equal chance of getting seats for individual matches.
    • Now they are holding a ballot to decide which of the villains will win the dubious honour of having his or her effigy burned on a Guy Fawkes bonfire next month.
    • Maureen was one of 1,000 lucky people to have won tickets for the event in a competition ballot, and among an estimated 200 to have seen both events.

transitive verb

  • (members)
    invitar a votar
    to ballot somebody on something
    someter algo a la votación de alguien
    Example sentences
    • Last April's NUT annual conference unanimously voted to ballot members on a boycott of the SAT's.
    • Union members were balloted and voted for the one-day strike next Wednesday.
    • At its annual conference in April, the National Union of Teachers voted to ballot its members on boycotting the testing of pupils at ages seven, 11 and 14 in England.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (vote)
    Example sentences
    • Firefighters in York have voted unanimously to ballot for county-wide strike action in protest at the controversial sacking of a colleague.
    • Cabin crew will ballot for industrial action this week.
    • A mass meeting of over 500 Unison members held at the end of November voted unanimously to ballot for further action in support of the social workers.
  • 2 (draw lots) (British) to ballot for something
    sortear algo
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