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A precinct or voting district, [1] in the United States, is the smallest unit into which electoral districts are divided. A larger geographic unit such as a county, township, or city council district is typically subdivided into precincts and each address is assigned to a specific precinct. Each precinct has a specific polling station where its residents go to vote; however, more than one precinct may use the same polling station.

A 2004 survey by the United States Election Assistance Commission reported an average precinct size in the United States of approximately 1,100 registered voters. Kansas had the smallest average precinct size with 437 voters per precinct, while the District of Columbia had the largest average size at 2,704 voters per precinct. [2]

Electoral precincts usually do not have separate governmental authorities, but there are limited exceptions in some states. In Ohio, the voters within a precinct may vote on liquor control laws that will apply only within that precinct (called "local option elections"). [3] When precinct boundaries are redrawn during redistricting, the result of the vote continues to bind the areas that were formerly inside the precinct's boundaries, although it does not bind any areas that have been newly added to the precinct since the vote. [3] In addition, in Alabama, in those counties that have not abolished the constable system, constables are elected from individual electoral precincts. [4]

In a political party, individuals, known by various titles such as precinct committeeman, precinct captain, or Precinct Committee Officer, are elected by ballot or county party executive committee, to represent precinct residents in every level of party operations. They report to the party on how the voters in a precinct feel about candidates and issues, and encourage people to vote.

The Canadian equivalent of a precinct is known as a polling division. [5] Canadian political parties do not have elections for positions representing the voters in a polling division, although parties may assign volunteers to canvass a poll, or to be an outside scrutineer pulling the vote (i.e. reminding supporters to go to vote) on Election Day or an advance polling day, or to be an inside scrutineer in the polling station noting who has come to vote so that can be communicated to an outside scrutineer.

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An electoral district, also known as an election district, legislative district, voting district, constituency, riding, ward, division, (election) precinct, electoral area, circumscription, or electorate, is a subdivision of a larger state created to provide its population with representation in the larger state's legislative body. That body, or the state's constitution or a body established for that purpose, determines each district's boundaries and whether each will be represented by a single member or multiple members. Generally, only voters (constituents) who reside within the district are permitted to vote in an election held there. District representatives may be elected by a first-past-the-post system, a proportional representative system, or another voting method. They may be selected by a direct election under universal suffrage, an indirect election, or another form of suffrage.

A scrutineer is a person who observes any process which requires rigorous oversight. Scrutineers have the tasks of preventing the occurrence of corruption and of detecting genuine mistakes. The scrutineering process takes place most commonly alongside voting in an election; the scrutineer observes the counting of ballot papers, in order to ensure that election rules are followed. There are other uses of the concept, such as in motorsport, when a scrutineer is responsible for ensuring that vehicles meet the technical regulations.

Polling place

A polling place is where voters cast their ballots in elections. The phrase polling station is also used in American English and in British English, although polling place is the building and polling station is the specific room where voters cast their votes. A polling place can contain one or more polling stations.

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Provisional ballot Ballot cast requiring further verification of voters eligibility

In elections in the United States, a provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a given voter's eligibility that must be resolved before the vote can count. The federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 guarantees that, in most states, the voter can cast a provisional ballot if the voter states that they are entitled to vote.

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Stony Plain (electoral district) Defunct provincial electoral district in Alberta

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Rocky Mountain House (electoral district) Defunct provincial electoral district in Alberta

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Little Bow Defunct provincial electoral district in Alberta

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Peace River (provincial electoral district)

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Banff-Cochrane Defunct provincial electoral district in Alberta

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Calgary (provincial electoral district) Defunct provincial electoral district in Alberta

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Apportionment is the process by which seats in a legislative body are distributed among administrative divisions entitled to representation.

Teller (elections)

A teller is a person who counts the votes in an election, vote, referendum or poll. Tellers are also known as scrutineers, poll-watchers, challengers or checkers.

2008 Texas Democratic presidential primary and caucuses

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Voter Identification laws

A voter ID law is a law that requires a person to show some form of identification on election day. In many jurisdictions requiring voter IDs, voters who do not have photo ID often must sign a Challenged Voter Affidavit in order to receive a ballot to vote.

Electoral districts of Ukraine

Electoral districts of Ukraine — territorial units of election organization and parliamentary representation in Ukraine. Typically, electoral districts cover several administrative districts of an oblast or the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, or a medium-sized city or a part of a large city. They consist of electoral precincts, which are territorial units of election organization one level lower, and which have the size of several communities or village councils in rural areas or several neighborhoods in cities.

Foreign electoral district of Ukraine Polling stations in embassies, consulates, and military bases abroad

Foreign electoral district of Ukraine — electoral district, which unites electoral precincts, that are situated outside the territory of Ukraine, and which comprises all polling station located inside embassies and consulates of Ukraine and inside military bases abroad, where there are Ukrainian peacekeeping contingents. The responsibilities of district election commission for the Foreign electoral district are carried out by the Central Election Commission. In this district only nationwide votings are held, i.e. presidential and parliamentary elections, as well as nationwide referendums. Local elections are not held there.


  1. "Geographic Terms and Concepts - Voting Districts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  2. "Polling Places 2004 General Election". EAC Election Day Survey. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Archived from the original on December 14, 2006.
  3. 1 2 Office of the Ohio Secretary of State (2017). "Guide to Local Liquor Options Elections" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-02-22.
  4. Ala. Code § 36-23-1(a), accessed 2020-02-23.
  5. Elections Canada (September 2010). "Chapter 4 – Boundaries, Polling Places and the Voter Information Card" . Retrieved 2020-02-22.