This form of election is most commonly associated with papal elections (see Acclamation in papal elections), though this method was discontinued by Pope John Paul II's apostolic constitution Universi Dominici Gregis . It is also sometimes found in the context of parliamentary decisions, or United States presidential nominating conventions.
In Canada, a candidate for a parliamentary, legislative or municipal position is said to be elected by acclamation if he or she has no opponents for the seat, an eventuality that rarely occurs except for legislative elections in the northern territories and municipal elections. The last instance of an acclamation in an election to the Canadian House of Commons was in 1957 when George Henry Doucett was acclaimed in a by-election following the death of his predecessor William Gourlay Blair.
At general meetings in listed companies in Sweden, shareholders often vote by acclamation.
Acclamations were ritual verbal expressions of approval and benediction in public (e.g. the gladiatorial games) and private life. The departure and return of imperial magistrates was, for example, accompanied by acclamation. In the later empire, these vocal expressions of goodwill were reserved for the emperor and certain relatives, who were greeted in this manner during public appearances on special occasions such as their birthdays. By the 4th century AD, acclamations were compulsory for high-level imperial officials.