elec·​tor | \ i-ˈlek-tər How to pronounce elector (audio) , -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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The Constitution leaves it up to the states to decide how their Electoral College electors will operate. Hana Callaghan, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Abolish the Electoral College, make every vote count," 19 June 2019 The elector decided the 17 year old would go to Vienna, imperial capital and European center of classical music. National Geographic, "How Beethoven went from Napoleon’s biggest fan to his worst critic," 24 Apr. 2019 Constitutionally, our electors still could have made her president. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "The Crisis of Our Constitution," 10 Jan. 2019 The Libertarian Party has only received one electoral vote for president, from a faithless elector in 1972. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, "Even the Libertarians Get Luckey Sometimes," 12 Nov. 2018 During the 2016 presidential election, Corey Schottenstein and his brother Brian served as Republican presidential electors for the state of Ohio. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Trump Elector Asks $44.5 Million for Mansion Near Mar-a-Lago," 11 Dec. 2018 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

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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.
formal : 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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