electoral college

noun

Definition of electoral college

  1. :  a body of electors; especially :  one that elects the president and vice president of the United States

1677

First Known Use of electoral college

1677


Law Dictionary

electoral college

noun , often cap E&C elec·tor·al college

Legal Definition of electoral college

  1. :  a body of electors; specifically :  the body of electors chosen from each state to elect the president and vice president of the U.S.

Additional Notes on electoral college

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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