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, 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 ...
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, 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 president Woodrow Wilson ... 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 all 48 states (in the 1916 ...
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 ... the executive (police, martial law, censorship, physical implementation of the election mechanism, etc.) to remain in power despite popular opinion in favor ... 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 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"
  • (noun): The status or fact of being elected.
    Example: "They celebrated his election"

Famous quotes containing the word election:

    What a glorious time they must have in that wilderness, far from mankind and election day!
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    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)

    Do you know I believe that [William Jennings] Bryan will force his nomination on the Democrats again. I believe he will either do this by advocating Prohibition, or else he will run on a Prohibition platform independent of the Democrats. But you will see that the year before the election he will organize a mammoth lecture tour and will make Prohibition the leading note of every address.
    William Howard Taft (1857–1930)