elec·​tor | \ i-ˈlek-tər How to pronounce elector (audio) , -ˌtȯr \
plural electors

Definition of elector

1 : a person qualified to vote in an election
2 : a person appointed by a state in the U.S. to vote for president and vice president in the electoral college When Americans cast their ballots, they are actually voting for a slate of electors appointed by their state's political parties who are pledged to support that party's candidate.— Allyson Waller
3 : any of the German princes entitled to take part in choosing the Holy Roman Emperor

Examples of elector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to his own race, Kern was nominated by the Republican Party as a presidential elector, and his name appeared on the ballot alongside Trump’s and the party’s 10 other electors. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2021 Robert Nemanich, a former elector from Colorado Springs, puts it another way. New York Times, 12 Dec. 2020 In Michigan, the Republican Party’s state leaders were largely absent from a meeting where electors voted, according to Marian Sheridan, a Republican elector. Deanna Paul, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2020 Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump will visit Omaha Thursday, a sign that the area’s single elector may be in play in November. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Bloomberg.com, 9 Sep. 2020 As a separate state, D.C., like other states, would get one elector per its total number of senators and representatives. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, 7 May 2021 The first, in 1969, occurred when two Democrats objected to the vote of a North Carolina elector who was supposed to vote for Richard Nixon and instead voted for George Wallace. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2021 Stubbs, who like Schachtner was a presidential elector for Biden, did not return a phone call Monday. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Dec. 2020 The objection to the faithless elector was rejected by both chambers. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of elector

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Elector.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elector. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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