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- n. The secret ballot system of voting in which voting is done in private on a state-issued ballot and ballots incorrectly marked set aside as invalid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A system of balloting or voting in public elections, originally used in South Australia, in which there is such an arrangement for polling votes that secrecy is compulsorily maintained, and the ballot used is an official ballot printed and distributed by the government.
The secret ballot was first implemented in Australia in 1856. (Wiktionary)