Some style guides recommend capitalizing the term election day while others do not; one such guide is the AP style manual.
Election Day marks the date of national elections, traditionally comprising presidential and Congressional elections held every four years or even years. Vote totals should always be reported using figures.
In the U.S.
United States national elections occur every four years to elect presidents (on even years) and members of both houses (House of Representatives and Senate) through what is known as Election Day or general elections, also referred to as available or election balloting. Sometimes local and state elections also use this ballot; some states offer same-day registration and voting, while others allow early or mail balloting – many people waiting eagerly to learn their results on Election Night (usually held the Tuesday after November 6)!
The United States is unique because its presidential elections do not follow traditional popular vote procedures; votes are presented to the Electoral College and counted there. This system has only been violated five times throughout history, most recently with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s contest over election-day balloting differences.
Some voters have raised the concern that holding Election Day on a weekday prevents voter turnout, especially among lower-income individuals who cannot afford to miss work on Election Day. They have proposed making Election Day a holiday so it becomes simpler for people to cast their ballots; others suggest expanding participation by permitting people to cast votes online or via mail balloting.
When discussing candidates’ political beliefs and ideologies, it’s best to avoid generic terms like conservative and liberal in favor of more specific descriptions of their aims and intentions. For instance, “people of color” would better represent someone from an ethnic background rather than simply calling them white.
The AP Stylebook advises using uppercase letters when referring to politicians and their titles. Furthermore, when discussing federal agencies such as the Postal Service or its branches of government – though sometimes shorter references or specific extensions can use post office instead – capitalization should always occur when using their names as brand names (i.e., QAnon movement stories should use “Postal Service” rather than simply “post office.” Because Postal Service is a brand name and should always be capitalized).
In the U.K.
As voters take their seats at polling stations on this chilly December day, Britain will remain relatively peaceful thanks to stringent rules regulating what broadcasters can and cannot say on election day. UK media outlets must not discuss or forecast how people are voting or the results unless previously published content before polling day was created and published online; these rules also extend to social media, and international broadcasters that don’t originate in Britain must adhere to them to avoid breaking the law – this includes using negative contractions such as don’t and can’t which are difficult for readers to comprehend when discussing election day news updates!
Australian citizens over 18 must vote in federal parliament elections. Elections are organized, conducted, and overseen by the Electoral Commission. It manages, operates, supervises, and maintains national elections, by-elections, and referendums, sets electoral boundaries, redistributes, and holds its electoral roll. State and territory Electoral Commissions serve a similar role when conducting state or territory elections.
Government departments that oversee specific portfolios are typically known as Ministries for that portfolio; for example, the Ministry for Health oversees health-related operations. You may refer to it by its full name or formal title (for instance, Minister for Health or Department of Health). Deputy Secretary for Policy and Programs are among the highest ranking officials within each Ministry for that portfolio.
Employing appropriate initial capital letters when referring to government departments and officeholders helps readers better comprehend your content. Furthermore, following rules in the Government style manual regarding capitalizing certain words or phrases helps ensure consistency across the Commonwealth.
There are some exceptions to the general rules for capitalizing government terms, for instance, when using formal names or reflecting their historical significance (i.e., Australia’s Federation). You can access the official names of government departments through our online directory.
If you use an abbreviated name of an official department, capitalize the first letter and subsequent letters but not all other words of its name, as per Government style manual guidelines.
Federal elections are held every four years on the last business day of each month. Eligible voters must enroll by 8 pm on the previous business day before an election and update their details within seven days of it being called; this ensures that those eligible to vote can do so before voting day.