The Glossary of Election Terminology contains nearly 1,300 terms and  phrases used in the administration of elections in the United States. The purpose of the glossary is to provide election officials with a comprehensive resource of common words and phrases used in the administration of elections. The establishment of uniform election terminology is beneficial for ensuring consistency when communicating with the public about elections and voting. However, because election procedures and terminology vary by jurisdiction, it is best to always refer to state and local election officials when a term differs with the definitions in this glossary.

EAC Glossary of Election Terminology CoverIf you have recommendations for terms to add or terms that are used differently in your state or jurisdiction, please let us know by emailing clearinghouse@eac.gov with the subject line “Glossary Recommendation.”


A previous version of this glossary was translated into various languages. The EAC hopes to have translations for the latest glossary edition available soon. The translations of the previous glossary are available below for reference.

To ensure the translations were culturally and linguistically appropriate, terms were translated and reviewed by a multi-dialect team of translators representing the main regions of each language. For example, the Spanish to English Glossary was produced by teams represented from four of the main regions of origin of the Hispanic population living in the U.S: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Central America.

Available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

 

Election Phrases at a Glance in:

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Glossary of Election Terminology - Chinese 
The glossary contains 1,843 terms and phrases used in the administration of elections in the United States.

Glossary of Election Terminology - English to Spanish 
The glossary contains 1,843 terms and phrases used in the administration of elections in the United States.

Glossary of Election Terminology - Japanese 
The glossary contains 1,843 terms and phrases used in the administration of elections in the United States.

Glossary of Election Terminology - Korean 
The glossary contains 1,843 terms and phrases used in the administration of elections in the United States.

Glossary of Election Terminology - Tagalog 
The glossary contains 1,843 terms and phrases used in the administration of elections in the United States.

Glossary of Election Terminology - Vietnamese 
The glossary contains 1,843 terms and phrases used in the administration of elections in the United States.