Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A ballot showing the selection of more candidates or choices than are allowed in a given race or referendum.
  • noun The number of such ballots cast in an election.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To outvote; outnumber in votes given.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To outvote; to outnumber in votes given.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US, politics A case in which a voter has marked a ballot for more choices than allowed by the rules
  • noun business A case in which more votes are cast in a voter's name than allowed under the rules
  • verb US, politics To spoil a ballot by marking it for more choices than allowed by the rules
  • verb business To cast more votes than allowed under the rules
  • verb obsolete To outvote or overrule

Etymologies

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over- +‎ vote

Examples

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  • Vote counting has turned for the bad —

    The fraud claims and strange hanging chad,

    The mystery trove of note

    Or mischievous overvote,

    Now Russians come hacking us. Sad!

    March 22, 2017