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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Most of its electoral history has been dominated by two right-leaning parties, Social Credit (1935-71) and the Progressive Conservatives (1971-2015). Michael Taube, WSJ, "Canada’s Texas May Go ‘Blue’—Again," 15 Apr. 2019 The article compares her to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), whose 2016 campaign AOC credits for her entry into electoral organizing. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Misses Being Able to Leave the House in Sweats in Time Cover Story," 22 Mar. 2019 Women’s wins are the result of 15 years of electoral reforms, in which Mexico incrementally refined the affirmative action rules that compel political parties to nominate women. Magda Hinojosa, Washington Post, "Women won big in Mexico’s elections — taking nearly half the legislature’s seats. Here’s why.," 11 July 2018 The group has also joined lawsuits claiming racial gerrymanders of House districts in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana, and is mounting grass-roots efforts to enact electoral reforms. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Kennedy’s Retirement Could Threaten Efforts to End Partisan Gerrymandering," 30 June 2018 Lebanon was supposed to have elected a new parliament in 2013, but lawmakers instead extended their term, citing security concerns related to the Syrian war and their inability to reach agreement on electoral reforms. Micheline Tobia, latimes.com, "Hezbollah set to become a dominant force in Lebanon's parliament," 8 May 2018 San Francisco, Oakland, and Minneapolis are among the roughly two dozen cities across the United States that have used this type of electoral reform on a municipal level. Elizabeth Beyer, USA TODAY, "New voting method that involves ranking candidates gains favor across the nation," 20 Apr. 2018 These things do not help, but the uncomfortable truth is that in low-turnout electoral politics, a smaller, cohesive, motivated group can go on outvoting a larger, disparate, apathetic group for a long time. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 In an address at ICE headquarters infused with electoral politics, Pence noted that some prominent Democrats had called for the abolition of the agency charged with detaining and deporting migrants entering the country illegally. Ken Thomas, BostonGlobe.com, "Pence rips Democrats on immigration, defends ICE," 7 July 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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