The Australian Ballot

The Australian Ballot
The Australian Ballot

The Australian Ballot is a voting system in which voters enter an enclosed booth to vote in secrecy. Most states began to use it in the election of 1884. The first president to be elected solely under this system was Grover Cleveland, in 1892.


History

The ballot was first used in Victoria, Australia, in 1856. Before it's implementation in the U.S, voters would tell officials their vote, which would then be placed in a box. This sometimes could influence the way people voted and affect the election. Voting in secrecy helped to reduce fraud and corruption in votes. It also led to slightly smaller turnouts, since voters now had to be able to read the ballot. In the year 1892, it was adopted by all U.S states. Today it is one of the most widely used voting systems in the world.



Refrences
http://www.answers.com/topic/australian-ballot
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/43932/Australian-ballot