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In politics, an electorate is the group of entities entitled to vote in an election. The term can refer to:
  • the totality of voters or electors (the electorate has the opportunity to express its will)
  • the partisans of a particular individual, group or political party (Gospodin Putin played to the prejudices of his personal electorate)
  • the collection of the voters enrolled[?] in a geographically-defined area (the electorate of Finchley retuned the Tory candidate again)
  • the geographically-defined area which returns (elects) a representative[?] (the electorate of Finchley borders on the electorate of Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh, splitting the new housing estate of Royal Cupolas). Compare ward, district.

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