A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
1540s, "small ball used in voting," also "secret vote taken by ballots," from Italian pallotte, diminutive of palla "ball," for small balls used as counters in secret voting (see balloon). Earliest references are to Venice. Ballot box attested from 1670s.
1540s, from ballot (n.). Related: Balloted; balloting.