Voting booth

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New York polling place circa 1900, showing voting booths on the left.
Voting booths used for L’Ordre des Avocats de Paris (Paris Bar Association) 2007 election.

A voting booth or polling booth (in British English)[1] is a room or cabin in a polling station where voters are able to cast their vote in private to protect the secrecy of the ballot.[2][3] Commonly the entrance to the voting booth is a retractable curtain. Usually access to the voting booth is restricted to a single person, with exceptions for voters requiring assistance. The booths aren't in all states but some, as others use a form of mailing.

Voting machines generally use either a voting booth or some other form of privacy cover to obscure voters from the view of others.

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  1. ^ "Oxford Dictionaries". Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Voting at a Polling Place". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Voting in person". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 May 2013.

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