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In the latest installment of our ongoing language segment "Word Processing," Online Etymology Dictionary founder Douglas Harper illuminates the backstories of election-related words, including the Roman origins of "vote" as a solemn vow, what it formerly meant to cast a "ballot," and the bright white togas of the first "candidates."