ballots — formal paper for casting votes

severance pay — money given to employee as compensation for the end of job based on length of service.

carousel — a round conveyor belt, especially used at airports for passengers to retrieve their luggage

immaculate — clean with no blemish or faults

manicured — cut and groomed with great care

reinforcement — something or someone added for strength and support

trespassing — enter someone's property unlawfully

deleterious — having a harmful or damaging effect on somebody or something

appalled — shocked by something dreadful

mediate — to attempt to settle a dispute between people

engulfed — to overwhelm, surround or cover up completely

"stars in their eyes" — to be extremely happy, to the extent that the person can only focus on the origin of the happiness.
Author: Torsten Daerr