From Italian ballotta, a small ball used to register a vote. Not voting. The ballota was a ball drawn from an urn to select at random, by lottery, a person for a role.
Ref: See, for instance, p166 J J Norwich, 'History of Venice' Penguin 1983
- A paper or card used to cast a vote.
- The process of voting, especially in secret.
- (chiefly US) A list of candidates running for office; a ticket.
- The total of all votes cast in an election.
- (paper or card used to cast a vote): voting slip
Derived terms 
ballot m (plural ballots)