from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A qualified voter in an election.
  • noun A member of the Electoral College of the United States.
  • noun One of the German princes of the Holy Roman Empire entitled to elect the emperor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who elects or has the right of choice; a person who has the legal right of voting for any functionary or the adoption of any measure; a voter.
  • noun Specifically— In the Roman-German empire, one of the seven or more princes who had the right to elect the emperor. As established by the Golden Bull of 1356, these were the spiritual electors of Mayence, Treves, and Cologne, and the temporal electors of the Rhine Palatinate, Saxony, Brandenburg, and Bohemia. Other German princes, as the rulers of Bavaria, Hanover, etc., also had voices in the college of electoral princes for longer or shorter periods. The original electors held also the great magisterial offices of the imperial court. The whole system passed away with the empire in 1806. The temporal princes holding the right were generally known by the title of elector in their several dominions.
  • noun In the United States, one of the presidential electors. See below.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who elects, or has the right of choice; a person who is entitled to take part in an election, or to give his vote in favor of a candidate for office.
  • noun Hence, specifically, in any country, a person legally qualified to vote.
  • noun In the old German empire, one of the princes entitled to choose the emperor.
  • noun One of the persons chosen, by vote of the people in the United States, to elect the President and Vice President.
  • adjective Pertaining to an election or to electors.
  • adjective the body of princes formerly entitled to elect the Emperor of Germany; also, a name sometimes given, in the United States, to the body of electors chosen by the people to elect the President and Vice President.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person eligible to vote in an election.
  • noun An official serving in an electoral college or similar assembly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a citizen who has a legal right to vote
  • noun any of the German princes who were entitled to vote in the election of new emperor of the Holy Roman Empire


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  • It is a well-established and incontrovertible principle of law that any elector is eligible to the office for which said elector votes, unless there be a _specific enactment discriminating against the elector_.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Complete

  • It is a well-established and incontrovertible principle of law that any elector is eligible to the office for which said elector votes, unless there be a _specific enactment discriminating against the elector_.

    Samantha among the Brethren — Volume 7

  • Nebraska and Maine split their electoral votes by congressional district, using “a tiered system where a single elector is chosen within each Congressional district and two electors are chosen by statewide popular vote.”

    Get to it.

  • There was a sense of sophistication, if you will, in the way in which the various knobs on this election machine were being adjusted by the electorate, but to predicate that the American elector is a 99.44% political animal would simply be to ignore the facts.

    The American Electoral System

  • There has been no General Election, the elector is conscious of being unable to influence his M.P.,

    As I Please

  • The elector is instructed to vote by placing the figure "1" opposite the name of the candidate he likes best, the figure "2" against the name of his second choice, and the figure "3" against his third choice.

    Proportional Representation

  • After the word elector, except as hereinafter provided, viz:

    Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of North-Carolina, at Its Session 1868

  • A motion was made to amend an amendment by changing the word elector (voter) to resident.

    History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II

  • We do not accept that the elector should be a mere spectator to the actions of the parliamentarian, even when these actions are right: we want the electors to give their opinion, to discuss the issues, to put counter-arguments, we want them to share the responsibility for what their parliamentarian does.

    The Passion of Augusto Boal

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, if I receive a request that is signed by the elector, that is a request from the elector.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Seminole County Circuit Court Hears Democratic Challenge to Absentee Ballots - December 6, 2000


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    May 4, 2008