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popular vote

noun
1.
the vote for a U.S. presidential candidate made by the qualified voters, as opposed to that made by the electoral college.
Compare electoral vote.
2.
the vote for a candidate, issue, etc., made by the qualified voters, as opposed to a vote made by elected representatives.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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noun

the process by which qualified voters choose candidates or vote on issues, as opposed to elected representatives or an electoral college

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