Definition of electoral vote in English:

electoral vote


  • 1(in the US) a vote cast by a member of the electoral college.

    ‘collectively, these three states account for 39 electoral votes’
    • ‘Those five states control a quarter of the electoral votes needed to win the Presidency.’
    • ‘There are a total of 538 electoral votes.’
    • ‘Every US state, and the District of Columbia, is allotted electoral votes proportional to its population.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, he wrote: "I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."’
    • ‘Whoever wins the state will receive a crucial ten electoral votes.’
    • ‘A candidate must win 270 electoral votes to win the election.’
    • ‘Under the Constitution, each state's electoral votes equal the number of its representatives in Congress plus its two senators.’
    • ‘Whichever candidate wins the state will garner 27 electoral votes, 10 per cent of the total required to win the White House.’
    • ‘With Florida's 27 electoral votes up for grabs, both sides are pulling out all the stops.’
    • ‘Your state is the furthest thing from swing and its electoral votes are spoken for.’
    • ‘Most of the big manufacturing states are also major sources of electoral votes.’
    • ‘This means that all electoral votes in a state go to the candidate with the plurality of the popular vote within that state.’
    • ‘One in eight Americans is a Californian, and California represents one-fifth of the electoral votes one needs to become president.’
    • ‘If a candidate wins by a single vote in a state, he or she is awarded 100 percent of its 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.’
    • ‘There's such polarization that the real fight is going to be over those 70 key electoral votes in states that I think right now are up for grabs.’
    • ‘The race ended in a deadlock, resolved only after a congressionally created commission delivered the presidency to Hayes by a single, disputed electoral vote.’
    1. 1.1the electoral voteThe choice expressed collectively by the electoral college, which determines the winner of elections for president and vice president.
      ‘I'm following the polls from battleground states, which will determine the electoral vote’
      • ‘Although the popular vote is important, the electoral vote is what legitimizes our presidential elections.’
      • ‘There are many ways the electoral vote could end up in a tie.’
      • ‘"I think it's time we drop the electoral vote for president in favor of the popular vote."’
      • ‘This is their estimate of the electoral vote tomorrow in the election.’
      • ‘Andrew Jackson won the popular vote and the electoral vote, but not a majority.’
      • ‘He is ahead in the electoral vote.’
      • ‘Who knows how much they're separated in the electoral vote?’
      • ‘We may well be facing a situation, as we did in 2000, where the popular vote and the electoral vote produce different results.’
      • ‘In the United States, presidential elections are not won by securing the largest share of the popular vote but by obtaining a majority of the electoral vote.’
      • ‘It's the electoral vote that matters.’
      • ‘Why not simply abolish the individual elector while retaining the electoral vote and the unit rule?’
      • ‘Another part of me kinda hopes that one guy wins the electoral vote and the other guy wins the popular.’
      • ‘First, the electoral vote tends to magnify the margin of victory between candidates, providing a clarity and certainty that popular vote totals cannot.’
      • ‘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.’