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Election Day

(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
1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It had been election-day and the college was silent with chagrin.

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • When an election-day comes round now, it takes me back to the time of 1832.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
  • It was a repetition, with slight variations, of a village-fair anywhere else, or an election-day in America.

  • 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
  • Liberty is the steam, responsibility the brakes, and election-day, the safety-valve.

  • It is, therefore, no wonder that Etelka was sad and dispirited when she retired to her chamber on the evening of the election-day.

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs

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