general election


Definition of general election

: an election usually held at regular intervals in which candidates are elected in all or most constituencies of a nation or state

Examples of general election in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last fall, Nate Mook was in Atlanta’s suburbs during early voting for the general election. Washington Post, "New limits on food and water at Georgia’s polls could hinder Black and low-income voters, advocates say," 9 Apr. 2021 By contrast, less than one-third of voters cast absentee ballots for the 2016 general election. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin is debating how to conduct its elections. Here are some ways to improve the process for voters and poll workers.," 26 Mar. 2021 Alabamians head to the polls for the general election. Leada Gore |, al, "COVID 1 year anniversary Chapter 3: Trump, Saban test positive; hospitalizations soar," 15 Mar. 2021 Sunrise subsequently put its get-out-the-vote network to work on Biden’s behalf for the general election. Mari Uyehara, The New Republic, "Medicare for All Needs a Sunrise Movement," 18 Jan. 2021 In Summit Township, a software settings error caused three precincts to show more than 100% voter turnout for the general election, according to Michigan Live. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Michigan townships had more registered voters than votes," 31 Dec. 2020 Tom Smiley, chairman of the Hall County Board of Elections, says the Murrayville location was among the eight locations used as an early voting site for the general election because of social distancing guidelines and large turnout projections. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Georgia Polling Site Closures Reducing Access to Early Voting Among Working Class and Minority Voters, Civil Rights Groups Say," 26 Dec. 2020 Voter accessibility increased for the general election, whether Michiganders were out and about or staying inside. Mikhayla Dunaj, Detroit Free Press, "No-reason absentee voting in Michigan: How it worked, how it can be improved," 26 Dec. 2020 For the general election, Oregon saw 82 percent voter turnout Nov. 3. The Oregonian/oregonlive Politics Team, oregonlive, "Who are Oregon’s 7 presidential electors? Watch," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of general election

1640, in the meaning defined above

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14 Apr 2021

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“General election.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of general election

: a regular election that involves voters and candidates throughout an entire country

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Legal Definition of general election

: an election usually held at regular intervals in which candidates are elected in all or most constituencies of a nation or state

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