electoral college

noun, often capitalized

Definition of electoral college

: a body of electors especially : 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

Examples of electoral college in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Upon entering the Senate chamber, Chansley could be seen in videos calling on other rioters to join him up on the dais where Pence was previously presiding over the counting of the electoral college vote. Alexander Mallin, ABC News, 3 Sep. 2021 The suit asked Parker to force Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to overturn the state's election results showing President Joe Biden won and award its electoral college votes to Trump. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2021 Prosecutors have employed the obstruction charge rather than sedition or insurrection counts in accusing at least 235 defendants of corruptly disrupting Congress’s certification of the 2020 electoral college vote. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 McCarthy, who had joined most House Republicans in challenging the electoral college vote for Biden, didn’t have a one-on-one conversation with Biden until April — a phone call before the president’s first joint meeting with congressional leaders. Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 The investigation found a patchwork approach in the lead-up to the insurrection that showed varying degrees of intelligence over the prospects of violence on the day lawmakers met to certify President Joe Biden's electoral college victory. Hunter Woodall, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 The panel would have been tasked with examining the events of Jan. 6, when thousands of people stormed the Capitol in hopes of blocking Congress from counting now-President Biden’s electoral college victory. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 Officials estimate about 800 people were part of the human wave that stormed the Capitol complex as Congress was formalizing Joe Biden’s electoral college victory — meaning hundreds of perpetrators have still not been identified. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 Scott was one of just a handful of Republicans who voted for an objection to Biden’s electoral college victory, which even Johnson voted against. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021

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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 18 Sep. 2021.

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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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