Popular election

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Popular election or popular vote may refer to:

  • Any election in a democracy
  • An election taking place under universal suffrage
  • Direct popular election, an election in which people vote directly for the candidate that they want
  • Popular vote, in an indirect election, the total number of votes received in the first-phase election, as opposed to the votes cast by those elected to take part in the final election
  • Popular vote (representative democracy), in representative democracy, the total number of votes received by a party or group of candidates, as opposed to the number of seats it wins in the representative assembly
  • Referendum, or plebiscite, a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to vote on a particular proposal
  • Straw poll, an ad hoc or unofficial vote
  • Popularity contest, pejorative