What Is the United States' Presidential Election Process?


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Every four years, there is a presidential election in the United States in which citizens vote for electors who vote for the president and vice president. The requirements for president and vice president are that each candidate is 35 years old, a natural born American citizen and an American resident for at least 14 years. It is no longer possible to serve a third term as president.

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Political parties choose candidates that represent their beliefs, and the choosing method can vary depending on the party. The presidential candidate often chooses their vice presidential running mate, and citizens must vote on the two candidates together on a ticket. Voters vote for electors of the electoral college who pledge to vote for a particular ticket. Each state has the same amount of electors as it does senators and representatives. In every state except Maine and Nebraska, whichever ticket gets the majority of the votes gets all of the electors.

Each elector then votes for a ticket in accordance with their pledge. A presidential candidate and vice presidential running mate normally receive a majority of the electoral votes and win the election. If there is no electoral college majority, the House of Representatives votes for the president.

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