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absentee voting

electoral process that enables persons who cannot appear at their designated polling places to vote from another location. The usual method of absentee voting is by mail, although provision is sometimes made for voting at prescribed places in advance of the polling date. Absentee voting requires special administrative arrangements to ensure the secrecy and legitimacy of the ballots cast. Within these basic provisions are variations in detail from country to country.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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