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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Much of their gains in national-level elections in recent years have come from mobilizing people who had dropped out of the electorate or had never been in it. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Saving Europe by Destroying It From Within," 14 Feb. 2019 That’s a message that may play well among a general electorate in West Virginia, where Trump won by more than 40 percentage points in 2016, but Trump carried Florida by only a single percentage point. Steve Peoples, The Seattle Times, "Primary takeaways: Establishment fails and diversity grows," 28 Aug. 2018 Coughlin added that immigration is a tough issue for a Republican to navigate in a Republican primary although immigration reform is supported by a majority of Arizona’s general electorate. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "McSally's office removes video supporting 'compassionate' fix for DACA," 12 June 2018 Also still true is that electorates desert politicians who wear out their welcomes. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump at the Turn," 2 Jan. 2019 Democrats’ friendliness to continued mass Hispanic immigration, and growing GOP skepticism, further polarized the electorate on racial lines. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 For more than two decades, Chopp has represented Seattle’s 43rd Legislative District, one of the most liberal electorates in the state. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Long-serving Frank Chopp to step down as Washington’s state House speaker after 2019 session," 27 Nov. 2018 So how about remaking the electorate by telling people the truth? Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 But Newsom is the clear favorite in November's statewide contest, given California's overwhelmingly liberal electorate. Gregg Re, Fox News, "California's key primaries: Trump-backed John Cox outpaces Villaraigosa for governor, Feinstein takes top spot in Senate contest," 2 Oct. 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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