- (in the U.S.) the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November on which national elections are held for electors of the president and vice president in those years evenly divisible by four. On even years constituents elect members of the House of Representatives for two-year terms and one third of the Senate for six-year terms.
- (often lowercase) any day designated for the election of public officials.
Origin of Election Day
First recorded in 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for election day
The country has a long history of election-day violence, and this time around, some sort of disaster seemed almost inevitable.Egypt Votes In First Post-Mubarak Elections
November 28, 2011
But election-day violence is just one of the problems threatening the outcome of this election, only the second in Afghan history.Will the Taliban Rock the Vote?
August 19, 2009
For Democrats, election-day heavy heartedness, the loser's stoicism, had become a way of life.The Capital Goes Nuts
November 6, 2008
When an election-day comes round now, it takes me back to the time of 1832.Auld Licht Idylls
J. M. Barrie
When the election-day arrived they went to inspect the urns.Bouvard and Pcuchet
It had been election-day and the college was silent with chagrin.John March, Southerner
George W. Cable
Of the ten houses in that town at the time, three were saloons, and the material for an election-day row was at hand.The Story of the Mormons
William Alexander Linn
There were sounds of stirring, but no one was trusting that the election-day brawls were completely ended yet.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey