elec·​tor·​ate | \ i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce electorate (audio) \

Definition of electorate

1 : the territory, jurisdiction, or dignity of a German elector
2 : a body of people entitled to vote

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Millennial and Gen Z voters will make up 37% of the electorate in 2020. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Teen Vogue, "Climate Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: This Earth Day, I Believe Bernie Sanders Has Our Back on Climate Change," 22 Apr. 2019 Trump lost to Hillary Clinton by two percentage points, and his policies and incendiary rhetoric about immigration have been toxic with the growing Latino electorate and other groups of voters. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, stumping in Nevada, makes immigration a central midterms issue for GOP," 24 June 2018 Now, nearly two years later, Pence is ostensibly in a much stronger position, as conservatives have become Trump’s base of support in the electorate and the Congress. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "George Will Calls ‘Repulsive’ Pence Worse Than Trump," 10 May 2018 Given the overall Democratic tilt of Connecticut’s electorate and the wave of energy provided by the anti-Trump resistance, Kondik said Republicans running for Congress in 2018 face a daunting task . Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Connecticut Republicans Struggle to Field Candidates for Congress," 16 Mar. 2018 Now some of a campaign’s most pivotal efforts happen in the often-murky world of social media, where ads can be targeted to ever-narrower slices of the electorate and run continuously with no disclosure of who is paying for them. Nicholas Riccardi, BostonGlobe.com, "Digital ads, social media hide political campaign messaging," 11 Mar. 2018 The Pew Research Center projected that millennials are set to surpass baby boomers in population size in 2019 and represent nearly 40% of the electorate by 2020, according to Center for American Progress in 2028. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "5 Youth-Led Climate Justice Groups Helping to Save the Environment," 28 Mar. 2019 The Front Runner is a film about a post-Watergate-era America grappling with a political leader’s indiscretions and the press and electorate’s reactions. Kate Klausner, Vogue, "Hugh Jackman Trades Wolverine for Politics at Last Night’s Premiere of The Front Runner," 31 Oct. 2018 An unsuspecting electorate's personal information was exploited for political gain on behalf of a deeply divisive public figure, observers say. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "As Facebook reels from 'catastrophic moment' in Cambridge Analytica crisis, Mark Zuckerberg is silent," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of electorate

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of electorate

: the people who can vote in an election



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: a body of people entitled to vote

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