Definition of general election in English:

general election


  • 1A regular election of candidates for office, as opposed to a primary election.

    • ‘Anyone who votes for this act should not deserve our votes in the general election.’
    • ‘Now we are likely to be saddled with not only a presidential election, but a general election as well.’
    • ‘Following the April general elections, three election petitions were filed in the Supreme Court here.’
    • ‘This is his home town, and it will become part of his constituency at the next general election.’
    • ‘Presidential general elections and primary elections need not be an instantaneous public interest poll.’
    • ‘The ruling comes as record numbers of electors are applying for postal votes ahead of the general election.’
    • ‘This restored the initiative to the Liberals and enabled them to retain their working-class vote in two general elections in 1910.’
    • ‘Up to 7 million people have applied for a postal vote for the coming general election.’
    • ‘Weeks of political campaigning comes to an end today as voters across the country go to the polls in the general election.’
    • ‘Moreover, new members are now eligible to be nominated to run in general elections or party polls instead of having to wait for between two to five years.’
    • ‘It was agreed that the next presidential election would be a general election.’
    • ‘In the UK this is achieved, for example, by the right to vote in general elections to parliament, which must take place at least once in every five years.’
    • ‘A record number of people are expected to cast postal votes in the May general election.’
    • ‘It was a first for pictures to be placed on the ballot papers in a general election.’
    • ‘It has superintended two general elections, two municipal elections and numerous by-elections.’
    • ‘In the past the Liberals had made breakthroughs at by-elections and in gaining a large number of votes in general elections.’
    • ‘These people also have the right to vote in Irish general elections.’
    • ‘The people who did not vote at the general election last year are not apathetic.’
    • ‘In each of the last two cycles, stability prevailed, with only six House incumbents losing general elections.’
    • ‘Some residents lost their identity documents which they will need to cast their votes in the upcoming general elections.’
    ballot, poll, election, referendum, plebiscite, public vote, general election, local election, popular vote, straw poll, show of hands
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    1. 1.1A regular election for statewide or national offices.