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

Other Words from electoral

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 Cheney & Lofgren unveil their 38-page Presidential Election Reform Act to overhaul the laws on counting electoral votes and to prevent another Jan. 6. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 20 Sep. 2022 The measure would also raise the threshold for any objection made by the Senate and House to a state's electoral votes. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 20 Sep. 2022 Counting those prisoners in apportionment enhances the electoral power of rural voters. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 But to those who have been laboring to build women’s electoral power here for decades, what’s happening here, inevitable or no, is huge. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2022 In the 2020 census, the Trump administration did everything in its power to undermine an accurate count of our people, a task explicitly required by the Constitution and critical to electoral power and federal funding dollars to communities. Maya Wiley, The New Republic, 13 May 2022 Joe Biden lost the state and its 15 electoral votes in 2020 by less than a full percentage point. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 8 Sep. 2022 This powerful South Carolina politico was one of 31 Democratic House members who voted on Jan. 6, 2005, to object to awarding Ohio’s electoral votes to President George W. Bush, despite Mr. Bush winning the Buckeye State by 118,601 votes. Karl Rove, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 Finchem and Kern were outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, while Gosar and Biggs are under scrutiny for their roles in supporting protests leading up to the counting of electoral votes that day. Jonathan J. Cooper, ajc, 30 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of electoral

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Electoral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electoral. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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