electoral college


Definition of electoral college

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

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The New York Times said the electoral college could deliver another Trump victory. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: HBO's 'Years and Years' Is Unsettling, But Needs to Be Seen," 31 July 2019 The electoral college is a disaster for our country. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Ilhan Omar’s obvious dislike for this country," 25 July 2019 Cecil said if the race were held today, his group projects that the Democratic nominee would defeat Trump in the electoral college by 278 to 260. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democratic super PAC targets Trump in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida," 23 July 2019 What matters for the outcome is Trump’s ability to hold onto his majority in the electoral college. David Lauter, latimes.com, "Even as its kickoff, Trump's reelection campaign aims to win without a majority," 20 June 2019 Bush’s 537-vote margin in Florida sealed his victory in the electoral college, even though Democrat Al Gore won the nationwide popular vote by 543,000 votes. Los Angeles Times, "John Paul Stevens, retired Supreme Court justice, dead at 99," 16 July 2019 That, in turn, would lower the states’ representation in Congress and the electoral college and their share of $800 billion in federal funds distributed on the basis of population. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Trump drops census citizenship question, will draw data from federal agencies," 11 July 2019 Lam, like all of Hong Kong’s leaders since Britain’s withdrawal, was selected by a small electoral college largely drawn from the ranks of the pro-China elite and is seen as Beijing’s proxy. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong's Embattled Leader Appeals for Calm in the Wake of Violent Anti-Government Protests," 2 July 2019 Oregon Salem: Oregon is about to become the 15th state to grant its electoral college votes to whoever wins the national popular vote. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "An interstellar meteor may have slammed into Earth," 16 Apr. 2019

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Legal Definition of electoral college

: 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. The electors have the discretion to choose the candidate they vote for, but in practice the electors vote for the candidate that wins the most votes in their respective states. In all the states except Maine, the candidate that wins a plurality of the popular votes wins all of the state's electoral votes.

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