POLYAS Election Glossary

We provide explanations and background information on elections, voting rights and digital democracy

Election Day and Night

The election day is the day that an election is held. In some countries, these days are holidays or specifically held on a weekend so as to increase voter turnout. Germany, for example, always holds its elections on a Sunday, while the United Kingdom has a tradition of Thursday elections.

Interestingly, the US Presidential election always takes place on the first Tuesday after November 1st. This has agrarian roots, but as Tuesday is now a working day, there have been numerous calls to make the US election day a holiday or a weekend.

Election night is typically the night of election day, in which the results are tallied and announced to the electorate.

See also: Election Campaign, Voter Turnout, Presidential Election

< Go back