electoral vote

[ ih-lek-ter-uhl voht, ee-lek-tawr-uhl ]


  1. the vote cast in the Electoral College of the United States by the representatives of each state in a presidential election. Compare popular vote ( def 1 ).

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Word History and Origins

Origin of electoral vote1

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25

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Example Sentences

As lawmakers debated where and how they should reconvene to continue the electoral vote count disrupted by the violent mob, Pence pushed to continue the session where it had begun — in the Capitol.

Within short order, both the House and the Senate responded to the effort to block the counting of the electoral votes from the 2020 presidential election by resuming that count.

She, along with other San Diego representatives, all voted against the objections to electoral votes for president from Arizona.

Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas who was among a group of senators challenging the electoral votes on Wednesday, also called for peace.

From Fortune

Pages carry in two mahogany wood boxes filled with the sealed envelopes of certified electoral votes from the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Having barely lived through that along with the rest of the country, I pray that the popular vote and electoral vote totals align.

Forget Romney winning the popular vote and Obama winning the electoral vote.

It wasn't the popular/electoral vote split that was the problem in 2000, it was the Florida voting.

The outcome will be decided in the battleground states—and here Obama has many more paths to a 270 electoral-vote majority.

Reagan won a landslide of the electoral vote, but less than 51% of the popular vote.

Congress had counted the electoral vote on February 9, giving to Pierce 254 and 42 to Scott.

With two or three exceptions the electoral vote of every state in the Union was carried for Grant and Wilson.

Lincoln had received a majority of the electoral vote but far from a majority of the popular vote.

Fifteen States gave him no electoral vote, and in nine States' he received not a single popular vote.

The returns of the electoral vote in 1828 revealed the sources of Jackson's power.





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