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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In a press conference Monday morning, election observers said candidates lacked equal opportunities, media coverage was skewed, and changes to the electoral law were problematic. Amanda Sloat, Time, "Why Turkey's Election Result Matters to America," 25 June 2018 The immediate goal of an iffy Census is political, as my colleague Margaret Hartmann made clear: Undercounting immigrants and urban populations will give Republicans an edge in apportioning representatives and drawing electoral districts. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "New York City’s Demographer-in-Chief Is Worried About the 2020 Census," 27 Mar. 2018 Last year, proponents of limiting partisan politics in the creation of electoral districts needed to win over Justice Anthony Kennedy. Gary D. Robertson, The Seattle Times, "A more skeptical Supreme Court to hear redistricting challenge," 25 Mar. 2019 The decisions will come at an important time on the political calendar because the coming 2020 census will trigger new line-drawing for federal, state and local electoral districts nationwide. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Again to Consider Partisan Gerrymandering," 4 Jan. 2019 Gerrymandered electoral districts have also been employed federally to consolidate minority votes and elect minority politicians. George Russell, Fox News, "Harsh anti-Trump UN human rights report on US 'extreme poverty' cherry-picks data, assumptions, examination shows," 28 June 2018 The Georgia Constitution says electoral districts should be adjusted as needed following each census. Washington Post, "Georgia can use redrawn lines amid redistricting challenge," 7 June 2018 In the past, the winning list took all the seats in an electoral district. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Lebanon votes, but few have hopes for change," 7 May 2018 Barack Obama swung from a landslide victory in 2008 to a horrific defeat in 2010 and then bounced back to a decisive win in 2012 — only to see the electoral map fundamentally shift by 2016. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "What the 2018 results tell us about 2020," 14 Nov. 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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