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To vote in an election or on a political issue

abstain

verb

to deliberately not vote in an election or at a meeting

adopt

verb

to formally accept a proposal, usually by voting

adopt

verb

to choose someone to represent your political party in an election

blackball

verb

to prevent someone from joining a group by voting against them

carry

verb

if a motion (=a formal suggestion of policy) is carried, it is accepted officially because the majority of people have voted for it

deselect

verb

to decide that someone who is a member of parliament should not be a candidate at the next election

elect

verb

to choose someone by voting so that they represent you or hold an official position

put in

to elect a politician to a parliament or a political party to govern a country

re-elect

verb

to elect someone again

return

verb

to elect someone to a position, especially in parliament

spoil

verb

to mark a voting paper so that it will not be officially accepted, usually to show that you are unhappy about the election

unseat

verb

to remove someone from a position of power, for example by voting

vote

verb

to show your choice of a person or an issue in an election

vote down

to stop or end something as the result of a vote

vote in

to give a person or political party a position of power by voting

vote off

to remove someone from a position on something such as a committee by voting

vote out

to remove a person or political party from a position by voting

vote through

to make something accepted officially by voting

cast a vote

to vote in an election

go to the polls

to vote in an election

vote a split ticket

to vote for candidates of more than one political party in an election

solutionism

the belief that every problem has a solution based in technology

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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