elec·​tor | \i-ˈlek-tər, -ˌtȯr\

Definition of elector 

1 : one qualified to vote in an election

2 : one entitled to participate in an election: such as

a : any of the German princes entitled to take part in choosing the Holy Roman Emperor

b : a member of the electoral college in the U.S.

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Both times, Stein was unable to secure any electoral votes from the electoral college, the body of electors appointed to cast votes on behalf of states in presidential elections. Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue, "Why Do Candidates Run for Office When There’s Little Chance They Can Win?," 7 Nov. 2018 The 54 electors on Wednesday tapped Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto as grand master. Fox News, "Knights of Malta elect Italian leader for life after crisis," 2 May 2018 Or three years later, when Thomas Jefferson got some votes from the electors, does that count? Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Trump brags about winning the presidency on his first try (as most presidents have)," 12 Jan. 2018 There's one presidential elector for every 189,433 of them, according to that 2010 apportionment. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "The other reason to split up California that nobody is talking about," 17 Apr. 2018 That statute, in turn, requires that any controversy or contest that is designed to lead to a conclusive selection of electors be completed by December 12. Bill Mears, Fox News, "Justice Kennedy's key Supreme Court opinions," 27 June 2018 The new appointments—the fifth batch appointed by Pope Francis—will bring the number of cardinal electors to 125, five over the limit established by Pope Paul VI. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Francis Continues to Boost Diversity in College of Cardinals," 20 May 2018 California gets 55 electors in the Electoral College -- a powerful number that has been a huge unmovable bloc for the Democratic candidate. Madison Park, CNN, "Initiative to break California into 3 states to go on November ballot," 13 June 2018 Law Director Ken Fisher said the charter amendment would also require that the clerk be an elector in the state of Ohio. Brian Lisik/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Brunswick council approves Medina Parks lease of Brunswick Lake Park," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of elector

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of elector

: a member of the Electoral College in the U.S.

: someone who can vote in an election



Legal Definition of elector 

1 : a person who is qualified to vote

2 : a member of the electoral college in the U.S.

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