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Election day or polling day is the day on which
general election A general election is a political voting election where generally all or most members of a given political body are chosen. These are usually held for a nation, state, or territory's primary legislative body, and are different from by-election ...
s are held. In many countries, general elections are always held on a Saturday or Sunday, to enable as many
voter Voting is a method for a group, such as a meeting or an electorate Electorate may refer to: * The people who are eligible to vote in an Election#Electorate, election, especially their number e.g. the term ''size of (the) electorate'' * The dom ...
s as possible to participate; while in other countries elections are always held on a
weekday The workweek and weekend are the complementary parts of the week A week is a time unit equal to seven days. It is the standard time period used for cycles of rest days in most parts of the world, mostly alongside—although not strictly par ...
. However, some countries, or regions within a country, which hold elections on a weekday declare election day a
public holiday A public holiday, national holiday, or legal holiday is a holiday A holiday is a day set aside by custom Custom may refer to: Sense: Customary * Convention (norm), a set of agreed, stipulated or generally accepted rules, norms, standards or ...
. Countries which permit
absentee ballots An absentee ballot is a vote Voting is a method for a group, such as a meeting or an electorate, in order to make a collective decision or express an opinion usually following discussions, debates or election campaigns. Democracies elect hold ...
, early ballots or
postal vote Postal voting is voting in an election where ballot papers are distributed to electors (and typically returned) by Mail, post, in contrast to electors voting in person at a polling place, polling station or electronically via an electronic votin ...
s to be cast by mail before the election avoid the problem altogether by enabling voters to vote on a day that is more convenient to them. Sundays are the most common day for elections, but this is less true in the
Anglosphere The Anglosphere is a group of English-speaking nations that share common cultural and historical ties to the United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, ...
; Saturdays are used in New Zealand and Australia, and weekdays for the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. This is partially due to the influence of Protestantism, which historically set restrictions on activities other than church-going during the
Sabbath In Abrahamic religions The Abrahamic religions, also referred to collectively as the world of Abrahamism and Semitic religions, are a group of -originated s that claim descent from the of the ancient and the worship of the . The Abrahamic ...
(usually considered as falling on a Sunday). An election day usually culminates in an election night when the results of the election are tallied and winners are announced.


Election day by country/territory


Other bodies

'' lections to the European Parliamenttake place over a period of four days (i.e., Thursday through to Sunday), according to the election days of the EU members states (as listed above). There are some exceptions; as Wednesday was not covered by the available dates, the Netherlands holds elections on Thursday, while Denmark holds elections on Sunday. Countries that hold the ballot before Sunday are not permitted to announce results until all other countries have finished voting. ''Bold text


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