Legal Definition and Related Resources of Election

Meaning of Election

The exercise of choice by one left to free will to take or do one thing or another. An act of choosing, choice, active choosing by vote a person to fill an office , or to membership in a society , as by ballot , uplifted hands or viva voce. In relation to remedies, the act of choosing between two or more different and coexisting modes of procedure and relief allowed by law on the same state of facts, and has the effect of confining the elector to the remedy he has so elected. Melby v Hawkins Pontiac Inc., 537 P.2d 807, 13 Wash. App. 745. When applied to wills, gives the legatee the choice of accepting the legacy and complying with an express direction contained in the will. Watts v Stanton, 190 S. W. 2d 617, 28 Tenn. App. 381. For example, if a testator leaves property belonging to A to B, and also leaves a property belonging to himself to A, then A can elect to keep his own property and not accept the legacy or accept the legacy and give his property so devised to B. He cannot approbate and reprobate.

Election Alternative Definition

Choice; selection. The selection of one man from among more, to discharge certain duties in a state, corporation, or society. The obligation imposed upon a party to choose between two inconsistent or alternative rights or claims, in cases where there is clear intention of the person from whom he derives one that he should not enjoy both. Of Officers. The choice of officers of a public or private body by the votes of the members, or a class thereof. It differs from “appointment,” which implies the conferring of official station by one or more persons having power to represent the body in that regard. 25 Md. 215. Of Rights. The right or duty of one who, by contract or donation, is entitled to two or more rights in the alternative, to select that which he will accept as a substitute for the others. One form of this, sometimes known as “equitable election,” arises when an instrument gives a right coupled with a burden, the donee of the right having an election whether to accept the same cum. onere, but being compelled to accept thus, if at all. Of Remedies. The choice between two or more coexisting and inconsistent remedies for the same wrong. 2 Story, Eq. Jur. § 1078. Between Criminal Charges. The choice by a public’ prosecutor upon which of several offenses charged in a single indictment he will go to the jury.

Synonyms of Election

(Choice), noun

  • appointment
  • choice between alternatives
  • cooptation
  • decision
  • deliberate choice
  • designation
  • determination
  • electio
  • option
  • pick
  • preference
  • selectionsujfragia
  • volition
  • Associated Concepts: election between inconsistent remedies
  • election of remedies
  • election of rights
  • election under a will
  • equitable election
  • estoppel by electionforeign phrases: Consecratio est periodus electionis; electio est praeambula consecration is
  • Consecration is the termination of election; election is the preamble of consecration
  • Electio est interna libera et spontanea separatio unius reiab alia sine compulsione
  • consistens in animo eí volúntate
  • Election is an internal
  • free
  • and spontaneous separation of one thing from another
  • without compulsion
  • consisting of intention and will
  • Electio semel facta
  • et placitum testatum non patitur regressum
  • An election once made
  • and the intent shown
  • cannot be recalled
  • Electiones fiant rite et libere sine interruptione aliqua
  • Elections should be made in due form
  • and freely
  • without any interrupt ion

(Selection by vote), noun

  • appointment by vote
  • balloting
  • choosing by vote
  • plebiscite
  • poll
  • referendum
  • representation
  • selection for office by vote
  • votecasting
  • Associated Concepts: ballots
  • caucus
  • election contest
  • election district
  • election law
  • election petitions
  • election returns
  • general election
  • primary election
  • referendum
  • regular election
  • special election

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Election in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of election.


Legal English Vocabulary: Election in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term election into Spanish: elección (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Policeman
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Election

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Election :

1. The process of choosing by vote a member of a representative body, such as the House of Commons or a local authority. For the House of Commons, a general election involving all UK constituencies is held when the sovereign dissolves Parliament and summons a new one; a by-election is held if a particular constituency becomes vacant (e.g. on the death of the sitting member) during the life of a Parliament. Local government elections (apart from those to fill casual vacancies) are held at statutory intervals (See local authority). The conduct of elections is regulated by the Representation of the People Acts 1983 and 1985. The Representation of the People Act 2000 made some changes to electoral registration and absent voting and allowed for experiments involving innovative electoral procedures. Other changes make it easier for the disabled to vote and created an offence of supplying false particulars on a nomination form. Voting is secret and normally in person, but any elector can obtain a postal vote without having to specify a reaso The only requirement is that the applicant is included in the Register of Electors. Applications for a particular election must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer six working days before an electio Different rules apply in Northern Ireland. Any dispute as to the validity of the election of a Member of Parliament or a local government councillor is raised on an election petition, which is decided by an election court consisting of two High Court judges.

2. A doctrine of equity, commonly applied to wills, based on the principle that a person must accept both benefits and burdens under one document. or reject both. It arises when there are two gifts in one document, one of A’s (the creator’s) property to Band one of B’s property to C. B must choose whether to accept the gift of A’s property to him and transfer his own property to C. or to reject both gifts.

Election in Voting Law

Definition of Election in the context of the United States election law: Process by which voters choose their local, regional or national representatives. An election is also used to designate representatives within organisations such as unions, associations or political parties.

Election in Voting Law

Definition of Election in the context of the United States election law: Process by which voters choose their local, regional or national representatives. An election is also used to designate representatives within organisations such as unions, associations or political parties.


See Also

  • Electoral System
  • Electoral College
  • Voting

Hierarchical Display of Election

Politics > Electoral procedure and voting
Politics > Political framework > Political philosophy > Democracy > Representative democracy
Politics > Political framework > Political philosophy > Legitimacy
Politics > Politics and public safety > Politics
Politics > Parliament > Member of Parliament > Elective office

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Politics > Electoral procedure and voting > Election
Politics > Political framework > Political philosophy > Democracy > Representative democracy > Election
Politics > Political framework > Political philosophy > Legitimacy > Election
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