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Officers appointed to act at the Roman Comitia (q.v.), whose duty it was to stand at the nearest end of the bridge (pons suffragiorum), which each citizen ascended in order to record his vote upon coming out from the enclosure (ovile) in which he had been previously mustered with the other members of his century, and to present a balloting token (tabella) to every one of them in turn, by whom it was taken and thrown into the box (cista) placed at the opposite extremity of the bridge. The illustration, from a coin, explains the entire process, showing at bottom the railing which enclosed the ovile, a voter ascending the bridge and receiving his ballot from the rogator, while another one at the opposite end is engaged

Rogator at the Ovilé.

in depositing his in the box. The term, however, originated before the practice of secret voting had obtained, when the poll-clerk had only to ask (rogare) the citizens how they intended to vote, and to register the result upon a waxed tablet containing a list of the candidates by making a mark or point (punctum) against the name of each one as a suffrage was recorded in his favour (Cic. N. D. ii. 4; id. Div. ii. 35; id. i. 17; id. Sen. 11; id. Pis. 15).

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    • Cicero, Against Piso, 15
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