elec·​tor·​al | \i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rəl, 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, ˌē-​lek-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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How do electoral reforms produce better health care outcomes? Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Study: election reforms in Brazil might have saved children’s lives. Here’s how.," 3 Dec. 2018 Chopp will exit on an electoral high note, as Democrats expanded their majority in the November election and will hold at least 57 seats, to 41 for Republicans. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Long-serving Frank Chopp to step down as Washington’s state House speaker after 2019 session," 27 Nov. 2018 There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a point about housing for Congress," 21 Nov. 2018 Mandatory sanctions on anyone who attacks our electoral systems serve as the best deterrent, which is the central tenet of the bipartisan DETER Act. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Trump signs order authorizing “automatic” sanctions for election interference [Updated]," 12 Sep. 2018 These efforts helped prove to many voters that both Sadr and Geagea were more committed to systemic reform than their electoral rivals. Renad Mansour, Washington Post, "An emerging populism is sweeping the Middle East," 11 July 2018 Mexico to host elections Sunday, select new president Sunday may serve as the first step of a new Mexico, as thousands of voters are expected to turn out to the polls angry and ready to create change in their nation through the electoral process. Editors, USA TODAY, "Families Belong Together rallies, World Cup, elections in Mexico: 5 things to know this weekend," 30 June 2018 The first involved the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which Trump created by executive order in May 2017 with the mission of restoring confidence and integrity in the electoral process. Kurtis Lee, latimes.com, "A judge in Kansas just struck down one of the toughest voter ID laws in the country. Here's what you need to know," 20 June 2018 Since Persky had been re-elected in 2016, the only way to remove him would be by electoral recall. Gabriel Baumgaertner, SI.com, "Brock Turner, the 'Athlete Bias,' and the Movement That Produced the Recall of Judge Aaron Persky," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of electoral

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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