• WordNet 3.6
    • n election the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice "her election of medicine as a profession"
    • n election a vote to select the winner of a position or political office "the results of the election will be announced tonight"
    • n election the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists)
    • n election the status or fact of being elected "they celebrated his election"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Elect The Elect
The Pope is Elected The Pope is Elected
A politician being very friendly during an election A politician being very friendly during an election

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1985 Boise, Idaho mayoral election, there were four write-in votes for Mr. Potato Head
    • Election Discriminating choice; discernment. "To use men with much difference and election is good."
    • Election (Theol) Divine choice; predestination of individuals as objects of mercy and salvation; -- one of the “five points” of Calvinism. "There is a remnant according to the election of grace."
    • Election Power of choosing; free will; liberty to choose or act. "By his own election led to ill."
    • Election The act of choosing a person to fill an office, or to membership in a society, as by ballot, uplifted hands, or viva voce; as, the election of a president or a mayor. "Corruption in elections is the great enemy of freedom."
    • Election The act of choosing; choice; selection.
    • Election (Law) The choice, made by a party, of two alternatives, by taking one of which, the chooser is excluded from the other.
    • Election Those who are elected. "The election hath obtained it.""He has made his election to walk, in the main, in the old paths."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Indian election in 1984 was the largest election of any country. Over 379,000,000 voters were eligible to vote at over 480,000 polling stations
    • n election A deliberate act of choice; particularly, a choice of means for accomplishing a given end.
    • n election The choice of a person or persons for office of any kind by the voting of a body of qualified or authorized electors. The persons voted for are called candidates, or, with reference to their selection as candidates, nominees. Election for public office is now almost universally effected by the use of printed ballots. (See ballot.) The decision may depend upon the casting of an actual majority of all the votes for a candidate, as in various European countries and in some of the United States, or upon a plurality or the largest number of votes for any candidate where there are more than two opposing candidates, as in most of the United States. In the former case a new election has to be held when there is no actual majority; in the latter a single balloting is final unless there is a tie, which is very rare.
    • n election The act or process of choosing a person or persons for office by vote; a polling for office; also, the occasion or set time and provision for making such choice: as, a general or a special election; American elections are generally held in autumn.
    • n election Hence By extension, a public vote upon a proposition submitted; a poll for the decision by vote of any public matter or question: as, to hold an election on a new constitution, or on a measure referred by the legislature to the people. [U.S.]
    • n election Discernment; discrimination; distinction.
    • n election In theology: The choice by God of particular individuals either to be the recipients of his grace and of eternal life, or to be commissioned for a particular work. Whether the choice in the former case is absolute or conditional is a disputed question in theology. Calvinism maintains that it is absolute; Arminianism, that it is conditional.
    • n election Those who are elected by God to eternal life.
    • n election In astrology, a reason for choosing one time rather than another for an undertaking; a preference of times. See root, n.
    • n election In mathematics, a part or the whole of a number of distinguishable objects. The number of elections of n things is 2n—1. Thus, the elections of three things, A, B, C, are: A, B, C, AB, AC, BC, ABC.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1952, CBS made computer history by being the first to use a computer, the UNIVAC I, to forecast the U.S. presidential election.
    • n Election the act of electing or choosing: the public choice of a person for office, usually by the votes of a constituent body: freewill: :
    • n Election (theol.) the exercise of God's sovereign will in the predetermination of certain persons to salvation
    • n Election (B.) those who are elected
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  • Henry Cate
    Henry Cate
    “The problem with political jokes is they get elected.”
  • James Freeman Clarke
    James Freeman Clarke
    “A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    “Elected leaders who forget how they got there won't the next time.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.”
  • Will Rogers
    “The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.”
  • Boss Tweed
    Boss Tweed
    “I don't care who does the electing as long as I get to do the nominating.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. élection, L. electio, fr. eligere, to choose out. See Elect (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. e, out, legĕre, to choose.


In literature:

The mayors of the different arrondissements are being elected to-day, but no one seems to trouble himself about the election.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
And then she had been much pleased by his spirit at that Chelsea election.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
The College of Electors is elected only to elect the President; that done, its work is over.
"The Rise of the Democracy" by Joseph Clayton
Breton was elected to the Institut in 1886 on the death of Baudry.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
At the election of military tribunes the patricians succeeded by their utmost exertions in having Marcus Furius Camillus elected.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
On the 5th of July 1894 he was elected president of the chamber of deputies.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
In 1834 he was once more a candidate for the legislature, and was triumphantly elected, being re-elected in 1836, 1838, and 1840.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
Election only three weeks away.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
They had elected Horatio Seymour governor of New York, and had gained ground in many parts of the country.
"Susan B. Anthony" by Alma Lutz
We had the secret ballot, and I was elected.
"The Plum Tree" by David Graham Phillips

In poetry:

Ajax went out to vote
On election day;
White man was standing 'round,
Things had gone his way.
"Ajax Votes for McKinley" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Once, O Soul too happy,
If it probe the gloom
Of its last deprival
In the mystic tomb,
Where the elect must die.
"The Feast Of St. Silas, Martyr, And Patron Of This Place" by Charles Walter Stansby Williams
Lak election man, de kin' I mean
You see aroun' church door,
Spreadin' hese'f on great beeg speech
'Bout poor man’s goin' some day be reech,
But dat’s w'ere it alway come de heetch,
For poor man’s alway poor.
"The Devil" by William Henry Drummond
At the next vacancy for God, if I am elected,
I shall forgive last the delicately wounded
who, having been slugged no harder than anyone else,
never got up again, neither to fight back,
nor to finger their jaws in painful admiration.
"In Place Of A Curse" by John Anthony Ciardi
"Party ties shall never hold me when I hear Australia call,
Through my service to the nation do I seek to stand or fall.
And to talk election piffle in the House, if I be sent
There to work, I'll deem an insult to the folk I represent.
"The Candid Candidate" by C J Dennis
Every luxury known through the earth's wide expanse,
In profusion procured was put forth to enhance
The repast that they gave;
And no Sybarite, nursed in the lap of delight,
Such a banquet ere tasted as welcomed that night
The elect of the grave.
"The Feast Of Freedom" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

Someone usually does it during elections, but Rep Bob Turner's campaign has requested all ballots statewide be impounded following tonight's election.
Tradition calls for the president-elect and vice president-elect to participate in a slew of activities surrounding their swearing-in ceremonies.
The engagement and upcoming marriage of Elyse M Voorhies and Joseph R Infante Jr are being announced by the bride-elect's parents, Kenneth and Virginia Voorhies of Howland and the groom-elect's parents, Joseph and Mary Infante of Niles.
Local Election Results (President, Senate, House) 3 a.m. Local Election Results (County Races) 2:30 a.m. 24/7 coverage on the line with Montcalm County law enforcement millage.
Local Election Results (Area Proposals) 2:30 a.m. Local Election Results (Townships and Villages) 12 a.m.
In an election runoff no one expected, two experienced Los Angeles County deputy district attorneys are battling for their boss's job in the Nov 6 election.
For a little historical perspective on presidential elections, the James A Garfield National Historic Site is debuting its program "The Campaign and Election of 1880" on Saturday at its visitors center.
Paul Joiner , Peter Gilbert and Spencer Short are the winning candidates for three seats on the Lincoln City Council, according to the official election summary from the Placer County Elections Office released Nov 21.
2012 judicial election, incumbent judge Nancy Thane said that the last time Tuscola County had a contested judicial election was 23 years ago.
Diddy turned away 60 people at his Election Night birthday party for not wearing "presidential attire," which for him included "a pinky ring the size of a Ping-Pong ball," which we can totally see the president-elect rocking … not.
Results of county elections in the KCCU broadcast area for the November 6, 2012 general election (winners in CAPS).
County Election Results for General Election.
Administrator of Elections Lori Atchley, left, presented official tabulations and results of each election on the ballot for certification by the five election commissioners.
Kelly, the Republican congressman from Butler elected to his first term in 2010, easily won re-election to the 3rd District seat in the US House of Representatives in Tuesday night's general election.
Local Election Results (State Races) 2:30 a.m. Local Election Results (School Boards) 9 a.m. Local Election Results (Townships and Villages) 12 a.m.

In science:

The bottom line is that many people can obtain physical access to many other peoples ’ computers at some point leading up to an election.
Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over the Internet
The other endpoint is the elections server. While it is in no way trivial, the technology exists to provide reasonable protection on the servers.
Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over the Internet
In addition, the user interface issues, which are fundamental to a fair election, are much more difficult.
Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over the Internet
Such a duality might also be found in election systems that as auctions often take the form of procedures of solving fair division problems .
Quantum Game Theory in Finance
It might happen that social frustrations caused by election systems would encourage us to discuss such topics.
Quantum Game Theory in Finance