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go to the polls

To cast one's vote in an election. Analysts have predicted a landslide victory for her, but we won't know for sure until the country goes to the polls.
See also: go, poll

straw poll

An unofficial vote, poll, or survey to gauge the voting public's opinion of an issue or a political candidate. The latest straw poll puts the incumbent president well ahead of his opponent, but it's eight weeks to the election, and a lot can happen in that time.
See also: poll, straw

straw vote

An unofficial vote, poll, or survey to gauge the voting public's opinion of an issue or a candidate. The latest straw vote puts the candidate well ahead of his opponent, but it's eight weeks to the election and a lot can happen in that time.
See also: straw, vote

take a straw poll

To conduct an unofficial vote, poll, or survey to gauge the voting public's opinion of an issue or a political candidate. After taking the latest straw poll, the incumbent president is placed well ahead of his opponent. However, it's eight weeks until the election, and a lot can happen in that time.
See also: poll, straw, take

go to the polls

to go to a place to vote; to vote. What day do we go to the polls? Our community goes to the polls in November.
See also: go, poll

straw vote

Also, straw poll. An unofficial vote or poll indicating how people feel about a candidate or issue. For example, Let's take a straw poll on the bill and see how it fares. This idiom alludes to a straw used to show in what direction the wind blows, in this case the wind of public opinion. O. Henry joked about it in A Ruler of Men (1907): "A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows." [c. 1885]
See also: straw, vote
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In Ise-Orun LGA, Kolawole Oluropo polled 26,420 to emerge winner and in Ekiti West LGA, Ayodeji Daniel polled 23,162 to emerge the winner.
Also in Emure LG, PDP's Olubayode Okeya polled 15,293 votes against ADP's candidate who polled 201 votes, as the winner.
In Ilejemeje LGA, PDP's Awolola Sunday Johnson polled 7303 to emerge winner.
But the fact that the policies polled well became a powerful tool of persuasion for Clinton and his centrist aides to use.
Often tied to that was the need to build community support, in part by ensuring corporate responsibility and management accountability -- an issue raised by 12 percent of those polled. Sixty-eight percent also agreed that it is important to demonstrate the responsible citizenship of organizations, in part because of growing concern about environmental issues.
Likewise, 43pc turnout was recorded by 5pm at another men's polling station located in the same hospital as 563 votes were polled out of the 1,290 registered voters, according to presiding officer.
Similarly, 403 votes were polled out of 1,485 at the men's polling station in Government College Kali Mori, Hyderabad, by 3.45pm and at a women's polling station in the same college, 240 votes were polled out of 1,822.
Out of the 1,895 votes, 164 were polled at a men's polling station of NA-227 in Hyderabad Development Authority's offices till 10.45am.
Staff members of some polling stations complained that they're not allowed to sit in polling booths and were asked to stay outside and therefore, they didn't ascertain how many votes were polled.
At polling station No 38 for women, 52 votes were polled out of 761 registered votes till 1500 hours.
At PS241 for men, 21 per cent votes were polled till 1400 hours as 304 votes were polled out of 1,434.
At PS28, 150 votes were polled out of 1,400 registered votes while at PS27, 248 votes were polled out of 1,667 till 1400 hours.
Around 40 percent votes were polled at PS-112, Jhok Bilo Wali girls school, where 498 votes were polled out of 1280 in NA-151 till 1145 hours.
Only 80 votes were polled at female polling station No 83 in NA-149 while in PS-80 female polling station, 146 votes were cast out of 729.