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Votes and the process or act of voting

absentee vote

noun

a postal vote

absolute majority

noun

a result in an election when one person or political party wins more than half the votes or seats

abstention

noun

a decision not to vote in an election or meeting

adoption

noun

the choice of someone to represent a political party in an election

aye

noun

a vote in support of something, or someone who votes this way

ballot

noun

the process of voting secretly to choose a candidate in an election or express an opinion about an issue

ballot

noun

the total number of votes recorded in an election

ballot box

noun

the democratic system of voting

block vote

noun

a vote by someone who is representing a group of people in an organization

casting vote

noun

the vote that gives one group a majority when the other votes are equally divided. The person in charge of a committee, for example, often has the right to give a casting vote.

election

noun

the process of electing a person or government

election

noun

relating to an election

e-voting

noun

the process of voting in an election using the Internet

gerrymandering

noun

the process of dividing a region in which people vote in a way that gives one political group an unfair advantage

majority

noun

the number of votes by which a person or party wins an election

nay

interjection

used for saying ‘no’ when you vote in a group of people. The word for ‘yes’ is yea.

no

noun

a negative answer or vote

overall majority

noun

more votes won in an election than all the other political parties added together

overall majority

noun

the number of extra votes won by a political party that make it able to form a government

plebiscite

noun

a vote by everyone in a country about a very important issue

plurality

noun

the number of votes that a politician or party gets in an election that is more than any other but is less than an absolute majority

poll

noun

the process of voting and the counting of votes

the poll

noun

the total number of votes in an election or referendum

polling

noun

the act of voting in an election

postal vote

noun

a vote that you send through the post, usually because you will be away on the day of an election

proxy vote

noun

a vote that someone else casts for you

push polling

noun

the practice of carrying out opinion polls whose real purpose is to influence people’s opinions rather than to find out what they think

quota

noun

a number of votes that someone needs to get in order to be elected

tactical voting

noun

a vote for a politician or party that you do not really support but are willing to vote for in order to defeat another politician or party that you dislike

vote

noun

the formal expression of a choice between two or more issues, people etc

vote

noun

an occasion when people formally choose between two or more issues, people etc in an election

vote

noun

the total number of votes made in an election

vote of censure

noun

a voting process in which members of a parliament show that they consider the government is responsible for something bad that has happened

vote of confidence

noun

a voting process in which people show support for a person or group in power

vote of no confidence

noun

a voting process in which people show that they do not support a person or group in power

yea

noun

a vote for something, or someone who votes for it

yes

noun

a vote that shows that someone wants something or agrees with it

push poll

noun

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