- the body of persons entitled to vote in an election.
- the dignity or territory of an Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.
Origin of electorate
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Examples from the Web for electorate
Asian-Americans may vote for Democrats now, but they are a highly persuadable—and growing—part of the electorate.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
Plus the GOP electorate has become more conservative since 2008.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
Republicans can change their brand, appeal to the electorate, shrink government, grow the economy, and save capitalism.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage
November 6, 2014
And yet this same Arkansas electorate voted nearly two-to-one to back a minimum-wage increase.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout
November 5, 2014
Pew estimates the number of swing voters at about 25 percent, a quarter of the electorate.Yes, Independent Swing Voters Are Real. And May Decide Who Wins Elections
November 3, 2014
The people who believe in the fairies form the bulk of the Irish electorate.
The great mass of the Irish electorate know nothing of all this.
Are not these the very qualities most needed in our electorate?
He probably had some vague idea of consulting the wishes of the electorate.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
He did not say "Ladies and gentlemen," or "Electorate of Birmingham," or anything of the kind.Recollections
David Christie Murray
- the body of all qualified voters
- the rank, position, or territory of an elector of the Holy Roman Empire
- Australian and NZ the area represented by a Member of Parliament
- Australian and NZ the voters in a constituency
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Word Origin and History for electorate
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