Definition of voting
- Present participle of vote.
voting (not comparable)
- (finance) Having an associated right for the holder to vote as an owner of business.
The cumulative voting preferred stock remains voting until all cumulative dividends are paid.
voting (plural votings)
- action of the verb to vote
Voting is a method for a group such as a meeting or an electorate to make a decision or express an opinion-often following discussions, debates, or election campaigns.
Process of voting
Representative democracies discern the will of the people by a common voting procedure:
- Individual voter registration and qualification,
- Opening the election for a set time period,
- Registration of voters at established voting locations,
- Distribution of ballots with preset candidates, issues, and choices (including the write-in option in some cases),
- Selection of preferred choices (often in secret, called a secret ballot),
- Secure collection of ballots for unbiased counting, and
- Proclamation of the will of the voters as the will of the people for their government.
Reasons for voting
In a representative democracy, voting commonly implies election: a way for an electorate to select among candidates for office. In politics voting is the method by which the electorate of a democracy appoints representatives in its government.
A vote is an individual's act of voting, by which he or she expresses support or preference for a certain motion (for example, a proposed resolution), a certain candidate, a selection of candidates, or a political party. With a secret ballot to protect voters' political privacy, voting generally takes place at a polling station. The act of voting is voluntary in some countries; whereas some countries, such as Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Brazil, have compulsory voting systems.
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