Definition of electorate in English:



  • 1[treated as singular or plural] All the people in a country or area who are entitled to vote in an election.

    ‘75 per cent of the electorate voted for a Scottish parliament in some form’
    • ‘Mr Trimble claimed the electorate had voted for political stalemate in last week's election.’
    • ‘The referendum result in Kirklees saw only 38,232 votes cast from an electorate of nearly 300,000.’
    • ‘Concentrated in working class electorates, the vote expressed the widespread anger and disgust that had built up against Labor's pro-market, anti-working class policies.’
    • ‘The votes of foreign electorates are not events in our democracy.’
    • ‘Chonde also appealed to the electorate to vote for credible candidates in this year's elections.’
    • ‘If the majority of the electorate vote no to the proposed amendment, this situation will remain unchanged.’
    • ‘Many hope that the majority of the electorate votes for more than a pretty face.’
    • ‘In early 1991, more than 90 per cent of the entire electorate voted to retain a union with Russia.’
    • ‘The problem is that still leaves 22% of the French electorate voting for a racist.’
    • ‘Although percentage of vote against electorate increased this year to 42, it was still low.’
    • ‘Lam refused to estimate the number of electorate votes he could count on.’
    • ‘We are more concerned in asking why 66 percent of the electorate did not vote.’
    • ‘In some parts of the country this figure was lower still, with seven out of ten of the electorate opting not to vote.’
    • ‘Whoever wins government will have to depend on the support of independents, many of whom will have been elected with as little as 10 to 20 percent of the vote in their electorates.’
    • ‘It's also difficult for alternative candidates to persuade the electorate to vote for them.’
    • ‘But the rules changed and the electorate was entitled to vote by post without giving a reason.’
    • ‘In some parts of the county this figure was lower still, with seven out of 10 of the electorate opting not to vote.’
    • ‘Firstly, only one in five of the electorate had voted Labour.’
    • ‘In 1979 some 61 percent of the entire potential electorate voted for either the Labour or the Tory party.’
    • ‘Yes, 70 percent of the electorate voted for a better life for all, including name changes.’
  • 2Australian NZ The area represented by one Member of Parliament.

    • ‘I got a part time job at the Rongotai electorate office, getting the polling stations sorted out for the election.’
    • ‘If you have not received yours and you live in my electorate, give my office a ring.’
    • ‘In our electorate office's shared bathroom, a guy nervously smokes a cigarette.’
    • ‘Furthermore my electorate office staff Kim, Liz and Debbie are always happy to help with inquiries.’
    • ‘A regular visitor to the Lindsay electorate office and a campaign supporter of Jackie Kelly.’
    members, subscribers, associates, representatives, attenders, fellows, comrades, followers
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  • 3historical The office or territories of a German elector.

    • ‘Originally, the Duke held the electorate personally, but it was later made hereditary along with the duchy.’
    • ‘It was at Minden, in the heart of the Electorate of Hanover, that the father of Lafayette fell.’