stuff the ballot box

stuff the ballot box

to fill a ballot box with illegal votes or with more votes than the number of actual voters. The politician was charged with stuffing the ballot box. The ballot box was stuffed with lots of votes for the crooked politician.
See also: box, stuff

stuff the ballot box

Put fraudulent votes in a ballot box, or otherwise cheat in an election. For example, The only way he'll win is if we stuff the ballot box. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: box, stuff
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We are very much concerned that they may even stuff the ballot box.
Voting is unlimited so fans are encouraged to stuff the ballot box.
It's quite the pity that General Jack, who lives in Stratford County, can't pull the lever or stuff the ballot box for Frank Szabo, ain't it Snithcherinos?
Fox acknowledges that the callers included some ``power dialers'' hoping to stuff the ballot box and influence the outcome, but the producers say they were a statistically insignificant number.
Keith Stamm, President and Chief Operating Officer of Aquila's Global Networks Group, said: "With the adoption of this SECT, Quanta's management -- without any new economic investment in the company -- is essentially attempting to stuff the ballot box with eight million additional votes while diluting the voting rights of its existing stockholder base.
Regardless of the "spin" the Company may put on this, the current Board, and co-defendant Crown EMAK Partners LLC, faced imminent defeat in their effort to stuff the ballot box in the current Take Back EMAK consent solicitation by granting Crown 28% of the total voting power, among other new rights granted to Crown.
And in an attempt to drive up the credibility of this, they've expanded the ``ESPY Awards Academy'' to include 39 current and former editors, writers and columnists from the newspaper world, plus 16 broadcasters (17, if you include Larry King) to go with the two dozen ESPN employees who stuff the ballot box.
James Dobson used his Focus on the Family show, which runs on 3,000 radio stations, to essentially stuff the ballot box.
Every year we've caught people trying to hack in and stuff the ballot box.
Don't let Michael Eisner and the Board stuff the ballot box with these broker non-votes.