andare alle urne

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression andare alle urne, which means to go to the polls or to go to the ballot box.

This expression has its roots in Ancient Greece in Rome where voters would drop shard of pottery in an urn to indicate their voting preference.

See the expression used below:


Questa settimana i cittadini andranno alle urne per votare il proprio sindaco. Sarà una sfida fra il sindaco uscente e sua nipote, appartenente al partito avversario. Chi vincerà?

This week voters will head to the polls to vote for their mayor. It will be a contest between the outgoing mayor and his niece, a member of the rival party. Who will win?

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