Election day (Kylaris)

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Election day or polling day is the day on which general elections are held. The countries of the world hold elections on a number of different days; in most countries elections are consistently held on the same day of the week. The exact day used is dependent on local context, culture, politics and history.[1]

The most common election days are Friday or the weekend days of Saturday and Sunday, though a significant minority of countries hold elections on other weekdays.[2] These might be declared a public holiday in an effort to increase voter turnout.[1] In other cases, a weekday may be chosen in a purposeful effort to depress voter turnout in an illiberal or Southern democracy.[3] In geographically large countries it is common for elections to be held across multiple days; this is most prominently seen in the Global South, and in the Euclean Community, which holds elections according to the election days of its member states across a week-long period.[1] In many countries, absentee ballots can be cast, such as through postal votes, on days other than election day.[4]

The popularity of Friday and Saturday as an election day originated both from Amendism, which forbode activities other than church-going on Sundays, and from anti-clericalism in Catholic countries, which sought to place election day as far as possible away from Sunday mass and the percieved influence of the clergy.[2][5]

List of election days

Election days by country

Country Continent Election day Public holiday Notes
 Alsland Euclea Monday[6] No
 Amathia Euclea Saturday[7] N/A
Asterian Federative Republic Asteria Wednesday[8] No
 Aucuria Asteria No set day[9] Yes
 Azmara Euclea Sunday[10] N/A
Borland Euclea Saturday[11] N/A
 Carucere Asteria Saturday[11] N/A
 Dezevau Coius Sunday[12] N/A
Template:Country data Estmere Euclea Friday[2] Yes
 Gaullica Euclea Sunday[12] N/A
 Hennehouwe Euclea Friday[13] No
 Île d'Émeraude Asteria Friday[13] Yes
File:ImaguaFlag.png Imagua and the Assimas Asteria Friday[13] No
 Kesselbourg Euclea Sunday[12] N/A
 Montecara Euclea Several days[14] No
 North Kabu Coius Friday[13] No
 Piraea Euclea Sunday[12] N/A
 Rizealand Asteria Sunday[12] N/A
File:RwizikuruFlag.PNG Rwizikuru Coius Friday[13] No
 Sainte-Chloé Asteria Sunday[12] N/A
 Satavia Asteria Saturday[11] N/A
 Satucin Asteria Monday[15] No
 Scovern Euclea Tuesday[16] No
 Senria Coius Monday[17] No
 Shangea Coius Several days[18] No
 Tengaria Euclea Wednesday[19] No
 Werania Euclea Friday[5] No
 West Miersa Euclea Sunday[12] N/A
 Yemet Coius Several days[20] No

Other election days

Region Continent Election day Public holiday Notes
 Euclean Community Euclea Several days[21] Varies based on member state Takes place across a week, with citizens voting on the election day of their member state.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hammond, Alison (2015). Compendium of Worldwide Elections and Democratic Norms.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Why do we always vote on a Friday?". EBS News. 14 November 2020.
  3. Kavagamu, Albert (1999). The End of Politics.
  4. Devereux, Olivia (2009). "The history of the absentee vote". Journal of Political History (97).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Klein, Hans (2011). "Anything but Sunday; the anti-clericalist roots of Werania's Friday elections". Journal of Political History (99).
  6. "Monday is when Alslanders vote, but why?". Nauta. 17 July 2017.
  7. "The SEPR is the reason Amathia votes on Saturdays". The Continental. 19 September 2019.
  8. Frére, Jaime; Thorn, Thomas (2012). "Subtle methods of decreasing turnout in semi-free elections; lessons from the AFR". Politics (103).
  9. "Other counries have election days: Aucuria is unique with an election date - today". Stebėtojas. 1 May 2023.
  10. "Azmara votes on a Sunday - but why?". De Aalmsted Heraald. 13 October 2022.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "The strange history of Borland's Saturday elections - and how it influenced other nations". The Continental. 8 August 2018.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 "Why do so many countries vote on a Sunday?". The Continental. 30 June 2022.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 "Do other countries vote on a Friday?". EBS News. 16 November 2020.
  14. "Elections in the Montecaran Republic". www.senat.go.mc/elections. Retrieved 21 October 2023.
  15. Bélanger, Gérald; Niel, Émilien (2017). "Monday, Tuesday, whose day? What's in an election day, and why voting on Monday matters in Satucin". Elections (77).
  16. "A 19th century war is responsible for Scovern's odd Tuesday elections". The Continental. 16 June 2016.
  17. "Senria votes on the second Monday of December; but why?". Mainiti Sinbun. 12 December 2021.
  18. "Shangea's elections, and how they (don't) work". Coian Monitor. 2 February 2020.
  19. Alaurentii, Clement (2019). "History of Elections in Tengaria, Imperial to Today". Tengarian History (69).
  20. "Will a true Yemeti election ever be held again?". Coian Monitor. 21 May 2022.
  21. "Schedule and recesses of the Euclean Parliament". www.euclo.parl.ec/about/schedule. Retrieved 24 June 2023.