Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Laquan McDonald: 'The loss of so many young African Americans taken too soon should reaffirm our commitment to press forward for progress' - @JesseLehrich
Donald Trump on alleged celebration of 9/11 in Jersey City: 'I saw. I saw on television, and I read about on the internet ... I start getting phone calls in my office by the hundreds that they were there and saw it take place' - @ZekeJMiller
An election is a formal decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office. Elections have been the usual mechanism by which modern representative democracy has operated since the 17th century. Elections may fill offices in the legislature, sometimes in the executive and judiciary, and for regional and local government. This process is also used in many other private and business organizations, from clubs to voluntary associations and corporations.
The universal use of elections as a tool for selecting representatives in modern representative democracies is in contrast with the practice in the democratic archetype, ancient Athens, where the Elections were considered an oligarchic institution and most political offices were filled using sortition, also known as allotment, by which officeholders were chosen by lot.
Electoral reform describes the process of introducing fair electoral systems where they are not in place, or improving the fairness or effectiveness of existing systems. Psephology is the study of results and other statistics relating to elections (especially with a view to predicting future results).
To elect means "to choose or make a decision", and so sometimes other forms of ballot such as referendums are referred to as elections, especially in the United States.