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GetElectionDay([TheYear])

Last updated August 28, 2001

author

Ken McCafferty

Version: 1 | Requires: CF5 | Library: DateLib

Description:
Returns a date for US Presidential Election Day in a given year. Returns -1 for odd numbered years. If no year is specified, defaults to the current year.

Return Values:
Returns a date object.

Example:

<CFIF GetElectionDay() EQ -1>
There are no elections this year
<CFELSE>
<CFOUTPUT>
This year, Election Day is on #DateFormat(GetElectionDay(), 'dddd, mmm dd')#.
</CFOUTPUT>
</CFIF>

Parameters:

Name Description Required
TheYear The year you want to return Election Day for. No

Full UDF Source:

/**
 * Returns a date for Election Day in a given year
 * This function requires the GetNthOccOfDayInMonth() function available from the DateLib library. Minor modifications by Rob Brooks-Bilson
 * 
 * @param TheYear 	 The year you want to return Election Day for. 
 * @return Returns a date object. 
 * @author Ken McCafferty (mccjdk@yahoo.com) 
 * @version 1, August 28, 2001 
 */
//Election Day: Tuesday after First Monday in November, in even numbered years.
// for odd numbered years, -1 is returned
function GetElectionDay() {
 Var TheYear=Year(Now());
 if(ArrayLen(Arguments)) 
   TheYear = Arguments[1];
 if(TheYear MOD 2 eq 0){ 
   return DateAdd("d",1,CreateDate(TheYear,11,GetNthOccOfDayInMonth(1,2,11,TheYear))); //add 1 day to first monday
	} 
  else {
    return -1;
  }
}
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