I'm reading an English text about politics, and in one paragraph I found "voters," "electorates" and "constituents." Now I would like to know if they are absolutely the same, or if they have slightly different meanings. Here is the whole paragraph: Any help is appreciated
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"Voters" are the people who vote (or more generally, those who are entitled to vote, whether they do so or not).
"Electorate" is usually a mass noun meaning "the collection of all voters". The use of the plural in your quotation I find rather strange and can only interpret it as "the collections of voters in different countries or polities" - its plural form occurring only because this is a general text talking about different countries.
"Constituents" are the people represented by a politician. I would use it to mean all those represented, whether they are voters or not, but there is room for some argument there. In most places "constituents" are a geographically defined group, but they could be, for example, the members of a profession if some body were organised to have representatives of professions.
A voter refers to any enfranchised person. This person has the right to vote.
The electorate is a collective term for all voters.
A Constituent refers to a voter within a defined constituency.
Here's my understanding:
A voter is simply an individual person who votes, or potentially votes.
An electorate is a defined geographic area that votes for the outcome of a single seat, or a set of seats. Electorate can also be used to refer to the collection of voters within that area.
A sitting parliamentarian's constituents are the voters within the electorate represented by him/her.
The three words have subtly different meanings, but in the paragraph you posted those distinctions don't seem to matter much at all. In this particular case you won't lose much meaning by reading them all as equivalents.
They are different.
A word of caution, though: quite often, "voters" is used to mean everyone that can vote (as opposed to everyone who does vote) - but that's unlikely in a formal text about politics like the one you referred to in your question.