noun

  • 1An act of voting by the electorate of a country or area.

    ‘the cabinet and parliament must now debate the initiative before it goes to a popular vote’
    • ‘Shevardnadze was then elected as president in a popular vote in 1995, and won re-election for a second term five years afterward.’
    • ‘Through the spring, Wright mounted a campaign to gain the signatures of twenty-five thousand voters, required by state law to have the issue decided by popular vote.’
    • ‘This country is a democracy, so its president is democratically elected by a popular vote.’
    • ‘In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, democratic societies around the world implemented this solution to varying degrees, not by violence but by popular vote.’
    • ‘The head of government is the prime minister, elected by popular vote for a four-year term.’
    • ‘The Legislative Council consists of thirteen members elected by direct popular vote - one member from each of nine electoral districts, and four at-large members.’
    • ‘In a 1968 Gallup survey, 81% of Americans favored a direct popular vote, 12% favored retention, and 7% had no opinion.’
    • ‘The percentage of them in the Senate has risen to more than one-third, about the same proportion as it was before senators began being elected by popular vote in 1913.’
    • ‘The executive branch, the Consul, is elected by popular vote.’
    • ‘The DPP is positioning itself to call a referendum that would give formal effect to the claim of national sovereignty by popular vote.’
    • ‘By 1824 enough states had opened the presidential election process to popular vote that there could be a visible measure of the public's opinion.’
    • ‘When a president is elected to office by popular vote, campaigns are similar to those in the United States: highly personalized, media driven and candidate-centered.’
    • ‘Canvassing as an act to solicit votes has been in existence for about 450 years, and only a historian can tell who was elected at that time by popular vote.’
    • ‘They elect a leader democratically, and by popular vote, they start deciding what has to be done.’
    • ‘Should the Electoral College system be abolished in favor of a popular vote for president?’
    1. 1.1The choice expressed through the votes cast by the electorate.
      ‘the party won 26.6% of the popular vote’
      ‘he could win the electoral vote and lose the popular vote’
      • ‘Although the popular vote is important, the electoral vote is what legitimizes our presidential elections.’
      • ‘If the Presidency were based solely on the popular vote, smaller states would have no reason to vote in Presidential elections.’
      • ‘The politicians would have had to fear the popular vote, since it was highly unlikely that survey research and referendum results would have been incongruent.’
      • ‘If Humphrey had won a slight majority in the popular vote, more than likely Nixon would still have been elected.’
      • ‘Readers who recall the 1980 election as a rout are remembering the electoral college result, where Reagan won 489 out of 538 votes; the popular vote was much closer (50.9% to 41.1%).’
      • ‘Some mention has been made of the election of 1888 when Benjamin Harrison lost the popular vote to Grover Cleveland but took the presidency in the Electoral College.’
      • ‘Their popular vote only increased by two percentage points in an election with the lowest turnout since 1918 (59 per cent).’
      • ‘Yet as Dowd knows, it's not the popular vote that counts, since state-by-state Electoral College numbers determine the winner.’
      • ‘Hayes became president, winning the Electoral College by 1 - despite losing the popular vote 48 per cent to 51 per cent.’
      • ‘Suppose the Green Party or Libertarian Party gets 5% of the popular vote in the next election.’
      • ‘They've already calculated that they have 0.0002 per cent of the popular vote.’
      • ‘Lindbergh got 57 per cent of the popular vote and, in an electoral sweep, carried 46 states.’
      • ‘For the dependent variable, we use the difference in the shares of the popular vote between the incumbent party and the challenging party in the general election for President of the United States.’
      • ‘People do pay attention to the popular vote.’
      • ‘But now there's no reason why the president should not be elected by the popular vote.’
      • ‘He finished 510,315 votes ahead of the Democrat, Hubert Humphrey, in the popular vote.’
      • ‘Democratic candidates in presidential elections over the past half-century have won an average of 46.1 per cent of the popular vote.’
      • ‘The goal of this system is to ensure that the number of seats won by a political party is consistent with its share of the overall popular vote.’
      • ‘In the European elections in 1999, halfway through the Labour government's term, the Conservatives did remarkably well in the popular vote.’