electoral college

noun

variants or Electoral College
plural electoral colleges or Electoral Colleges
: a body of electors
Voting has now closed in the parliamentary party vote, which means all three electoral colleges have finished voting.Hugh Linehan and Harry McGee
He chairs the electoral college of the Culinary Institute of America's Vintners Hall of Fame …Cy Musiker
especially, usually Electoral College : one that elects the president and vice president of the U.S.
If the Electoral College did end up tied, the Constitution dictates that it's the incoming Congress who breaks the stalemate, with the House of Representatives determining the president—but instead of voting as 435 individual members, each state votes as a single bloc. Trevor Bach
In the electoral college, Roosevelt buried Wilkie 449 to 82. Mary Beth Norton et al.

Examples of electoral college in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Giuliani was also indicted last year by a grand jury in Georgia, where he is accused of spearheading Trump's efforts to compel state lawmakers in Georgia to ignore the will of voters and illegally appoint pro-Trump electoral college electors. CBS News, 18 May 2024 Two Biden leaners agreed that the electoral college system didn't reflect the will of the majority of Americans and thought that a different system would allow more people's votes to count. Monica Potts, ABC News, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for electoral college 

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Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electoral college was in 1677

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“Electoral college.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electoral%20college. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

electoral college

noun
: a body of electors
especially : one that elects the president and vice president of the U.S.

Legal Definition

electoral college

noun
elec·​tor·​al college
often capitalized E&C
: a body of electors
specifically : the body of electors chosen from each state to elect the president and vice president of the U.S.

Note: Under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, each state chooses electors in the same number that the state has senators and representatives. In all the states except Maine and Nebraska, the candidate that wins a plurality of the popular votes wins all of the state's electoral votes.

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