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 electorally (audio) , ˌē-​lek-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce electorally (audio) \ adverb

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Even though Hungary is a NATO ally, Orban’s government has pressured nongovernmental organizations, brought most of the news media under control of his allies and upended the electoral process to favor his party. Eric Schmitt, BostonGlobe.com, "Rehearsing for a shadow war against a foe embraced by Trump," 13 July 2019 Even though Hungary is a North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally, Mr. Orban’s government has pressured nongovernmental organizations, brought most of the news media under control of his allies and upended the electoral process to favor his party. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "American Commandos Gear Up for New Shadow War With Russia," 12 July 2019 His aim was to gather citizenship data so that Republicans could more effectively gerrymander electoral maps in their favour. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court blocks a citizenship question on the 2020 census," 28 June 2019 Trump changed the electoral map by promising to return them to democratic debate, input, and contest. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Can Joe Biden Be America’s New Great Compromiser?," 21 June 2019 At his behest, the electoral board ordered a re-run, but this week the opposition challenger, Ekrem Imamoglu, won by a much larger margin than in March: 54% to 45%. The Economist, "Politics this week," 29 June 2019 Thousands of dollars of ammunition purchased in the months following Meeks’ electoral loss have gone missing, according to Turman. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al.com, "Alabama sheriff lost military equipment and reelection. Then he went on a spending spree," 28 June 2019 Guatemala set up polling stations in Los Angeles, Houston, New York City and Silver Springs, Maryland, said Marlon Antonio Perez, president of Guatemala's electoral board for voters abroad. Daniel González, azcentral, "Guatemalans in US don't expect Guatemala's next president will improve conditions driving migration," 24 June 2019 Guatemalans voted for a new president Sunday following an electoral process that generated widespread disillusion and distrust, and came as tens of thousands were fleeing poverty and gang violence to seek a new life in the United States. Fox News, "Guatemalans choose new president as many journey to US for better life," 17 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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