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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Recent Examples on the Web In a game of inches—as the 2016 battle for the electoral college was—that could make the difference. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Trump’s ‘wrong track’ gambit: The president is betting that the worse Americans feel, the more likely they are to reelect him," 6 Sep. 2020 As a system designed to bolster the power of rural Whites at the expense of Black Americans, the electoral college continues to work exactly as designed. Washington Post, "When voting doesn’t work, inequity follows," 2 Sep. 2020 Loomis became a favorite of the Trump campaign and would eventually attend one of the inaugural balls after the New York real estate tycoon’s electoral college win over Hillary Clinton. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Cleveland police union won’t back presidential candidate, reversing course from 2016 Trump endorsement," 22 Aug. 2020 But the school has discontinued that format in favor of other activities, including having students examine the merits — and pitfalls — of the electoral college. Gina Rich, Good Housekeeping, "Election Season Has Teachers Finding the Balance Between Treading Lightly and Encouraging Discussion," 24 Aug. 2020 West's request to appear on the ballot includes a list of eight Louisianans who'd serve as would-be electors at the electoral college were the rapper to somehow win the presidential vote in the state. Bryn Stole | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Rapper Kanye West files to appear as 'Birthday Party' candidate on presidential ballot in Louisiana," 21 Aug. 2020 So many people think their votes don't count, Jarrett noted, but that's just not true: in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in the popular election by three million votes, but lost the electoral college. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Message to Young Voters: If You Don't Vote, You're Complicit," 20 Aug. 2020 That would give him 279 electoral college votes, slightly more than the 270 required to win, thanks to states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin flipping blue again after Trump won them in 2016. TheWeek, "Potential Biden voters are becoming more committed to their choice, poll shows," 16 Aug. 2020 Instead, the Democrats went down in one of the worst defeats in presidential election history, with Reagan and Bush winning the electoral college by a count of 515-13. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Woman Who Paved the Way," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of electoral college

1677, in the meaning defined above

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“Electoral college.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electoral%20college. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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electoral college

noun, often capitalized E&C
elec·​tor·​al college

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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