elec·​tor·​al | \ i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce electoral (audio) , ˌē-lek-ˈtȯr-əl \

Definition of electoral

1 : of or relating to an elector the electoral vote
2 : of or relating to election an electoral system

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electorally \ i-​ˈlek-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē How to pronounce electoral (audio) , ˌē-​lek-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce electoral (audio) \ adverb

Examples of electoral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite all the lawsuits, recounts and false voter fraud allegations, the Electoral College on Dec. 14 elected Biden the next president by a margin of 306 to 232 – marking no change in the electoral outcome. USA Today, "By the numbers: President Donald Trump's failed efforts to overturn the election," 6 Jan. 2021 Serving in his capacity as president of the Senate, Pence will open the electoral certificates from each state alphabetically to count the votes. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "GOP lawmakers miscast Congress' counting of Biden's electoral win as a fact-finding mission. It isn't," 6 Jan. 2021 For others, the specter of electoral defeat meant the delegitimization of the democratic order completely, lost in a red mist of treachery. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "The Violent Crescendo of the MAGA Conspiracies," 6 Jan. 2021 Still, he was not expected to preside over the Senate during any debate over electoral challenges. Arkansas Online, "Loyal soldier Pence torn between Trump, Constitution," 6 Jan. 2021 In part because of those two women’s electoral success, the new Council that convenes Wednesday is the city’s most diverse. oregonlive, "Carmen Rubio, Portland’s 1st Latinx City Commissioner and proven bridge-builder, takes office," 5 Jan. 2021 Biden’s electoral win over Trump was decisive, 306-232. Brian Slodysko, ajc, "EXPLAINER: Why Georgia won't affect Electoral College count," 5 Jan. 2021 Throughout this process, lawmakers of both parties have an opportunity to object to electoral slates. Alana Abramson, Time, "Congressional Republicans Won't Overturn Biden's Win. But Their Objections Are Still Dangerous," 5 Jan. 2021 Trump — who lost both the popular and electoral-college vote to President-elect Joe Biden — has continued to dispute the results, without evidence, and is encouraging his supporters to attend the rallies. Washington Post, "National Guard activated for D.C. protests, with more restraints than in June, officials say," 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of electoral

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2021

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“Electoral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electoral. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of electoral

: of or relating to an election or to the process by which people are elected

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