Elections in the united states are held for government officials at the federal, state, and local levels at the federal level, the nation's head of state , the president , is elected indirectly by the people of each state , through an electoral college. The electoral college the national presidential election actually consists of a separate election in each of the 50 states and the district of columbia in these 51 elections, the voters are really voting for electors pledged to one of the tickets. Find answers to common questions about voting in the united states voting and elections midterm elections take place between presidential elections state. Article two of the united states constitution originally established the method of presidential elections, including the electoral college this was a result of a compromise between those constitutional framers who wanted the congress to choose the president, and those who preferred a national popular vote.
Presidential general elections presidential primary elections 2016 presidential election results electoral votes - popular votes donald trump (r)-total electoral votes - popular votes. The electoral college is a process that creates a buffer between a president's election through congress and the vote of the american people it was established by the nation's founding fathers the electoral college was created with the intent of giving all states, and therefore their citizens, an. Contact us help desk the electoral college gives the parties a distribution today's president might not have noticed that america has 51 direct popular-vote presidential elections, in. A us president is elected via the electoral college system, but what is this system and how has it worked in the current presidential race abc home open sites menu us-elections, world.
Understanding the us presidential election: a guide to the process the partisan elections in the usa follow an elaborate electoral system before it boils down to one republican and democratic. Are you wondering how the election actually works watch this video explainer to find out. Primary elections are held throughout each state in the united states in the first half of any election year then, the delegates attend their party convention in order to nominate their chosen candidate. The electoral college: how it works in contemporary presidential elections congressional research service 1 introduction the president and vice president of the united states are chosen indirectly by a group of persons. The presidential election process with this lesson plan, students learn that presidential elections are decided by the electoral college and not popular votes this is an excellent resource for teaching students about the united states election process.
So how does your vote for the next president of the united states get counted how does the electoral college work in most presidential elections, the. Most foreign countries i've been to use the populous system and when i'm asked about us elections, i have to explain that we use the electoral college system and when put into simplest terms, it kind of works out the same. 2016 presidential election and vice president of the united states the electoral college is an major political parties in presidential elections, since.
How does the us electoral college elect the president how does the electoral college work part of a presidential candidate's grand strategy entails drawing a map of states the candidate. Use the electoral college calculator to predict who will win the next presidential election view the state certificates of ascertainment and vote, popular vote results, find out who the electors are, and see results and certificates from past presidential elections. Youll learn how the elections work, what the electoral college is, and who is involved in presidential elections understanding the 2016 us elections trying to. Understanding presidential elections: the constitution, caucuses, primaries, electoral college, and more - kindle edition by catherine jaime download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets.
The electoral college doesn't have a sweatshirt, a logo or a mascot if you don't understand exactly how it works, you're not alone during early presidential elections. Vote smart provides free, unbiased, in-depth information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation, and voting non-partisan and nonprofit since 1988 government 101: united states presidential primary - the voter's self defense system - vote smart. Host david eisenbach explains the history and purpose of the electoral college and why it is so important to america's democratic process presidential elections 2min please contact us.