What is election?

  • (noun): A vote to select the winner of a position or political office.
    Example: "The results of the election will be announced tonight"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Election

An election is a formal decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office. Elections have been the usual mechanism by which modern representative democracy has operated since the 17th century. Elections may fill offices in the legislature, sometimes in the executive and judiciary, and for regional and local government. This process is also used in many other private and business organizations, from clubs to voluntary associations and corporations.

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Some articles on election:

United States Presidential Election, 1920
... The United States presidential election of 1920 was dominated by the aftermath of World War I and a hostile response to certain policies of Democratic ... victory (60.3% to 34.1%) remains the largest popular-vote percentage margin in presidential elections after the so-called "Era of Good Feelings" ended with the unopposed election of James Monroe in 1820 ... This election was the first since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment on August 18, 1920, and thus the first in which women had the right to vote in ...
Pope Eugene II - Election
... He was elected pope on 6 June 824 after the death of Paschal I ... The late pope had attempted to curb the rapidly increasing power of the Roman nobility, who had turned for support to the Franks to strengthen their positions against him ...
Pope Urban V - Biography - Papacy - Election
... He was not even a bishop at the time of his election, and had to be consecrated as one before his coronation ...
United States Presidential Election, 1904
... The United States presidential election of 1904 held on November 8, 1904, resulted in the election to a full term for President Theodore Roosevelt ... During the election campaign, Roosevelt called on the voters to support his "square deal" policies ... Roosevelt easily won the election, becoming the first person ever to assume the presidency upon the death of a president and later win election to a full term of ...
Characteristics - Difficulties With Elections
... In many countries with weak rule of law, the most common reason why elections do not meet international standards of being "free and fair" is interference from the incumbent government ... (police, martial law, censorship, physical implementation of the election mechanism, etc.) to remain in power despite popular opinion in favor of removal ... boundaries) to prevent the balance of power in the body from shifting to a rival faction due to an election ...

More definitions of "election":

  • (noun): The status or fact of being elected.
    Example: "They celebrated his election"
  • (noun): The predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists).
  • (noun): The act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice.
    Example: "Her election of medicine as a profession"

Famous quotes containing the word election:

    The election makes me think of a story of a man who was dying. He had only two minutes to live, so he sent for a clergyman and asked him, “Where is the best place to go to?” He was undecided about it. So the minister told him that each place had its advantages—heaven for climate, and hell for society.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    He hung out of the window a long while looking up and down the street. The world’s second metropolis. In the brick houses and the dingy lamplight and the voices of a group of boys kidding and quarreling on the steps of a house opposite, in the regular firm tread of a policeman, he felt a marching like soldiers, like a sidewheeler going up the Hudson under the Palisades, like an election parade, through long streets towards something tall white full of colonnades and stately. Metropolis.
    John Dos Passos (1896–1970)

    Savages cling to a local god of one tribe or town. The broad ethics of Jesus were quickly narrowed to village theologies, which preach an election or favoritism.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)