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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, to

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Moreover, four per cent of polling stations, or around25, lacked boundary walls.
On the day of polling, the samples to be used for polling will be recorded on a disk, signed by a supervisor, and sealed.
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Usman Ali, a physically paralysed who was coming back from a polling both in Government High School Shahdara (NA-123) with the help of his clutches, said that the polling staff gave him preference over other voters just due to his disability and he didnt face any hurdle in the whole process of the polling.
The appointment of presiding officer is the first step in managing other polling staff of the polling station.
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When at least 15 major polling organizations are competing for visibility and recognition, polarizations would be expected -- for example, with one tracking poll registering +4 while another showing -10 for the same candidate during the same survey period -- thus negatively impacting the consistency and reliability of the average-based poll of poll.
The Department of Elections urges San Francisco voters to check their polling place location.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is touting plans to deploy a fleet of partisan election observers to polling stations around the country to thwart efforts to "rig" the election against him and his supporters.
A: You must vote at the polling station that you have been assigned to, although if you have chosen to take part via a postal vote and have left it too late to send in on time, you can hand deliver a postal vote to any polling station in the constituency.