e·lec·tor·al (ĭ-lĕktər-əl, -lĕk-tôr-)
1. Of, relating to, or composed of electors.
2. Of or relating to an election or elections.
Usage Note: Traditionally, electoral is pronounced with stress on the second syllable, sharing the same pattern as the word electrical. A newer pronunciation has recently emerged, one with the stress on the third syllable, rhyming roughly with floral. (A similar shift has been occurring in the pronunciation of the word doctoral.) In 2013, the Usage Panel substantially favored the traditional pronunciation: 95 percent found it acceptable, and 76 percent preferred it. Only 31 percent found the variant with the stress on the second syllable acceptable, and 24 percent preferred it. If you pronounce electoral with stress on the third syllable, you'll be in good company, but you should know that many people may think you're making a pronunciation error.
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