Ballot box

Ballot box

Haitian general election in 2006.
A ballot box is a temporarily sealed container, usually cuboid though sometimes a tamper resistant bag, with a narrow slot in the top sufficient to accept a ballot paper in an election but which prevents anyone from accessing the votes cast until the close of the voting period. It will usually be located in a polling station although in some countries, notably Ireland and Russia, there may also be ballot boxes that are taken to people's homes where they would otherwise be unable to travel to the polling station. When very large ballot papers are used, there may be a feeder mechanism to assist in the deposit of the paper into the box.

Transparent ballot boxes may be used in order for people to be able to witness that the box is empty prior to the start of the election (i.e. not stuffed with fraudulent votes).

At the close of the election all boxes can be taken to a single location for tallying ("The count") and the result declared. Alternately the boxes can be tallied at the polling station, with individual stations announcing their results to be tallied (known as precinct count).

Ballot boxes are in some jurisdictions obsolete, because of the increase in paperless electronic voting.

The word ballot derives from voting systems based upon the use of a small ball instead of a voting paper: see blackball.

The first secret ballot and ballot box was in Pontefract [Wakefield Metropolitan District Council website [] ] .

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A_wooden_ballot_box_used_in_the_northeastern_United_States_circa_1870.Image:Metalballotbox.jpg|A_galvanized_metal_ballot_box_used_in_Tulare County, California United States circa 1936.
voting machine of Bridgewater, Connecticut circa 1880.


ee also

*Secret ballot
*Election fraud

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