This means, of course, that certain rules of the game must be observed. You can't ask about something that is patently outside the limitations of everyday life. Also, the natural cosmic balance can't be distorted to provide something that is not going to occur under natural circumstances. Also, a question concerning precisely when you will win the lottery is not likely to be answered with workable results; however it can be discerned from studying transits over the natal chart, when the individual is more likely to experience good fortune or opportune development of some kind.
The more exact you can be about what you want to know, the better the electional results can be. For example, "When is the best time to take that trip to Canada? I want to go for two weeks during June, July or August of this year." Avoid questions such as "When should I murder Marjorie?" as any astrologer with an ounce of integrity will not deal with these or any other unethical concerns. Also, electional astrology works best around the really big crossroads events in life, not so well for petty concerns, e.g. "Which day should I go shopping for my beer cooler?" Keep in mind that wanting something badly does not insure that you will get it, or that the venture will be an automatic success. You can pick the best time of the year to start law school in New York, but if past karma dictates that you need to end up managing a bowling alley in Des Moines, that is what will prevail. The sort of questions best suited for electional astrology involve asking for the optimal date and time for activities such as:
To ask an electional question the inquirer needs to be as specific as possible regarding the circumstances surrounding the question; also where the intended event is to take place and the time frame within which one must work. For example, many couples cannot easily conduct a wedding during the work week. The natal charts of all those to be included as key participants in the endeavor at hand should be included, to determine optimal dates that will be favorable for all concerned.