popular vote

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noun

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.

Nearby words

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  3. popular singer,
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  6. popularity,
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  8. popularize,
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  10. populate

Origin of popular vote

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

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