Definition of electoral college in US English:

electoral college


  • 1(in the US) a body of people representing the states of the US, who formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president.

    • ‘Doesn't the electoral college undermine the one-person, one-vote ideal of a political democracy?’
    • ‘This is not the Arkansas point of view that she might have represented, say a year ago, which is presumably in favor of the Electoral College, because the electoral college does several things.’
    • ‘In devising the voting system, Pierce is believed to have insisted on the safeguard of the electoral colleges ' system, which would prevent a few large states from dictating the course of the election.’
    • ‘Two sets of electors show up in Washington on January 6 for the electoral college.’
    • ‘First, the other side has a huge advantage in money, incumbency and a constituency that benefits lopsidedly from the unrepresentative electoral college and senate.’
    • ‘He holds (the theory goes) the key to Florida, which is the key to the electoral college and to righting that greatest of all political wrongs - the stolen election.’
    • ‘One of the ways it could play out would be pressure to change the electoral college system.’
    • ‘More than ever, they are preoccupied with pragmatic matters, such as the lowest common denominator in the political math problem known as the electoral college.’
    • ‘The results have been determined by the Congress, which serves an electoral college when the winning candidate fails to obtain a majority of the vote.’
    • ‘At the same time, an electoral college consisting of all members of congress and six delegates chosen from each state continued to choose the president.’
    • ‘It dramatized the anti-popular bias of the electoral college, an 18 th-century invention designed to confer more political power on slave states.’
    • ‘Like any politician fighting in the electoral college, he only ever cared about tipping enough states over.’
    • ‘That was back before we really knew anything about electoral colleges, primaries, legislation, and ballot chads.’
    1. 1.1 A body of electors chosen or appointed by a larger group.
      • ‘It used to be the peak of a farmer's achievement to become a member of the electoral college, which was the body that decided on who would become members of the Wool Board.’
      • ‘The leader was to be chosen by an electoral college comprising MPs and trade unions, and the compulsory re-selection of MPs was introduced.’
      • ‘According to the electoral college theory of parliament, this legislation should already be in effect.’
      • ‘As the lower houses of parliament have become little more than electoral colleges for the appointment of the executive, new methods to control the executive have been sought.’
      • ‘The trustees will form an electoral college and that will be another committee.’
      • ‘They created the electoral college as a body of wise and thoughtful individuals, dedicated to choosing a statesmanlike leader who would govern in the interests of the country.’
      • ‘University candidates must lobby their electoral college by means of a mailshot to their tens of thousands of voters.’
      • ‘The minister said Ireland envisaged that a select group of national parliament members and MEPs could form an electoral college which would choose the head of the Brussels executive.’
      • ‘That process involves an electoral college made up of three separate blocks - MSPs and Scottish MPs, ordinary Labour Party members and affiliated trade union organisations.’
      • ‘Instead of electoral colleges, those people would come from associations of respective categories such as boxers, managers, promoters, trainers and officials.’
      • ‘In the case of Madagascar, the law established executive councils to function alongside provincial and national assemblies, and dissolved the separate electoral colleges for the French and Malagasy groups.’
      • ‘Even in systems (like the US) where an electoral college or other body actually stands between the people and the final vote, the vote of the people is meant to direct that body.’
      • ‘Until 1980 the leader and his deputy were elected by the Labour MPs, but since then they are chosen by an electoral college weighted in favour of extra-parliamentary groups, the trade unions, and local parties.’
      • ‘There were demands for the mandatory reselection of MPs, and for the choice of the party leader to be taken from MPs and lodged in an electoral college, which would include the trade unions and the constituency parties.’
      • ‘It is all left to a set of political compromises between Government Ministers and the electoral college.’
      • ‘The party had intended to use its complex electoral college of constituency members, trade unions, MPs, MSP and MEPs to choose a leader and deputy leader.’
      • ‘Both said they would stand by the result last month and not continue their battle into December, when the full electoral college of MSPs, MPs, trade unions and constituency members will share the vote.’
      • ‘The Algerian statute of 1947 granted the three Algerian departments 30 seats in the National Assembly, to be chosen by two electoral colleges, in which one ‘European’ voter weighed the same as eight Algerians.’
      • ‘The electoral colleges for the legislative body therefore included 200 merchants, meeting at Brescia, 200 professional men, meeting at Bologna, and 300 landowners, meeting at Milan.’
      • ‘The US says it wants to use the appointed provincial councils to select an electoral college.’


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