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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Recent Examples on the Web Some of the words the researchers identified that have a high probability to cause Alexa to accidentally activate during their tests include alexiteric, alissa, alosa, alyssa, barranca, elector, electra, elissa, and elixir. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Self-driving cars are returning to work too," 7 July 2020 In all, there were 10 faithless electors in 2016, including a fourth in Washington, a Democratic elector in Hawaii and two Republican electors in Texas. Mark Sherman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Justices rule states can back popular presidential vote," 6 July 2020 In all, there were 10 faithless electors in 2016, including a fourth in Washington, a Democratic elector in Hawaii and two Republican electors in Texas. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court rules that states can bind the votes of presidential electors," 6 July 2020 At issue in cases from Washington and Colorado is whether states can penalize, or remove, a faithless elector. Greg Stohr, BostonGlobe.com, "Birth control, Trump’s taxes top Supreme Court’s agenda," 5 July 2020 Eligible candidates must be a qualified elector in the city of South Euclid and must have continuously resided in the city for at least the past three years. cleveland, "South Euclid City Council taking applications to fill Gelfand’s at-large seat," 26 June 2020 Krucoff notes the 23rd Amendment specifies how the District participates in the Electoral College vote for president, giving Washington three electors. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Welcome to Douglass County, Maryland. It’s one man’s answer to D.C.’s voting rights issue," 23 Sep. 2019 The Supreme Court will examine whether the law violates the electors' First Amendment rights. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "'I'm going to vote for Frodo Baggins': Clarence Thomas poses humorous hypothetical during Supreme Court arguments," 13 May 2020 Or in the case of the presidential election, state legislatures might take back the power that the Constitution gives them to appoint electors to the Electoral College directly. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Elections May Have to Change During the Coronavirus Outbreak. Here’s How.," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of elector

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jul 2020

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“Elector.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elector. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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