Definition of electoral vote in English:

electoral vote

Syllabification: e·lec·tor·al vote

noun

  • 1A vote cast by a member of the electoral college: collectively, these three states account for 39 electoral votes
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    • The race ended in a deadlock, resolved only after a congressionally created commission delivered the presidency to Hayes by a single, disputed electoral vote.
    • The Spencer forces had delivered Alabama's electoral votes to Grant, and they now expected his help.
    • Lincoln won a majority of electoral votes (180 of 303) but only gained 39% of the popular vote.
  • 1.1 (the electoral vote) The choice expressed collectively by the electoral college, which determines the winner of elections for president and vice president in the US: I’m following the polls from battleground states, which will determine the electoral vote
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    • Do you think that if we eliminated the electoral vote and changed to a popular-vote system that more parties could be heard and more candidates would have a chance to be heard?
    • Quite a few websites have sprouted up that attempt to track the electoral vote.
    • First, the electoral vote tends to magnify the margin of victory between candidates, providing a clarity and certainty that popular vote totals cannot.

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