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    Cast your vote

    Does anyone have any thoughts as to where this usage came from?

    Why do we cast a vote as opposed to any other active verb, such as place a vote or submit a vote, etc.?

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    Re: Cast your vote

    Good question!

    Probably historical in nature; voting was to mark a paper and put it into a box, or yelling out yea or nay.


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    Re: Cast your vote

    Democracy began in ancient Greece, and a vote was taken by all citizens assembled in the amphitheatre putting a stone (as I recall, either black or white) into a bowl. They were said to cast the stone into the bowl - 'cast their vote.'

    'casting' with regard to stones is well known: 'let he who is without sin cast the first stone' etc.

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    Re: Cast your vote

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Democracy began in ancient Greece, and a vote was taken by all citizens assembled in the amphitheatre putting a stone (as I recall, either black or white) into a bowl. They were said to cast the stone into the bowl - 'cast their vote.'

    'casting' with regard to stones is well known: 'let he who is without sin cast the first stone' etc.
    Certainly makes sense, especially in linking Greek voting practice with the Biblical admonition. A good deal of the gospels were originally written in Greek.

    Recently, the term has been on my mind more and more as we approach the presidential election.

    Thanks.

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