General Election Law and Legal Definition

According to 11 CFR 100.2 [Title 11 Federal Elections; Chapter I Federal Election Commission; Subchapter A General ;Part 100 Scope and Definitions (2 U.S.C. 431); Subpart A General Definitions], a general election is “an election which meets either of the following conditions:

(1) An election held in even numbered years on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November is a general election.

(2) An election which is held to fill a vacancy in a Federal office (i.e., a special election) and which is intended to result in the final selection of a single individual to the office at stake is a general election. See 11 CFR 100.2(f).”