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casting vote the deciding vote cast by the presiding officer to break a tie, as in a legislative body.
electoral vote the tally of the votes cast by the electors of the electoral college in a U.S. presidential election. In most states, the winner of the popular vote receives one hundred percent of that state's electoral vote; therefore, the percentage of the total electoral vote cast for each candidate may not reflect the percentage of the popular vote cast for each candidate. [2 definitions]
popular vote in the U.S., the vote for a President as participated in by the voters themselves, as opposed to the vote carried out by the electoral college. [2 definitions]
straw vote an unofficial nonbinding vote or poll taken as a measure of public opinion on an issue.