- the vote for a U.S. presidential candidate made by the qualified voters, as opposed to that made by the electoral college.Compare electoral vote.
- the vote for a candidate, issue, etc., made by the qualified voters, as opposed to a vote made by elected representatives.
Origin of popular vote
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for popular vote
Pay attention to the delegate math more than simple percentage of the popular-vote wins.Ron Paul’s Slow-and-Steady Strategy
March 4, 2012
Ross Perot robbed Bill Clinton of the popular-vote majority he deserved, but he did move the Democrats to tackle the deficit.The Liberal Democratic Flash in the Pan
May 7, 2010
Then you ask why we do not get suffrage by the popular-vote method, State by State?
Therefore I ask you not to compel us to have this question settled by what you term the popular-vote method.