how is the president of the United States elected?

please address issues relating to the political parties, without including beleifs. more of the political process that the politics. also include popular vote and that of the electoral college.

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please give detail information and explain all the steps... thanks:)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    This is addressed in article 2 of the U S Constitution. In a presidential election year each political party holds a primary election. These primary elections are held at different dates in different states but are normally finished before the end of summer. The political parties then hold a convention to officially nominate their candidate for president. The winner then announces his/her choice for a vice president. The names of party nominees are then placed on state ballots for the fall election known as the general election. This has normally been held the first Tuesday of November but now we have some states allowing early voting. The votes are still counted on the first Tuesday in November. This is where the presidential election gets tricky and it becomes necessary to read article 2 of the U S Constitution. There was never any intention or requirement for people to vote for the president. It wouldn't be necessary for people to vote for the president because the president doesn't represent people. The presidents job is to represent the union. The union is made up of the several states. It is the states that elect the president.

    This is done through the electoral college. To use the popular vote would usurp smaller or less populated states of their voice in choosing the president since there are more than enough votes in the more populated state to always vote in their choice for president. To simplify how the states elect the president here is how the electoral college works. Each state has two Senators. The number of its representative in the House of Representative is determined by its population. For the electoral college each state gets the same number of electors as the sum of its Senators and Representatives. When the votes are counted they are counted state by state. Though statewide balloting electors are chosen to vote for the states' peoples' choice for president. The electors meet in their respective state capitols to cast their ballots for president. The results of this balloting and the states choice for president are sent to the Senate. When a presidential candidate has received 270 electoral votes he/she wins the presidency. The thing we need to keep in mind when we elect a president is that people are not represented by the president. One man one vote doesn't work well in a presidential election because the federal government is a republic, not a democracy, and the states, not the people elect the president.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    democrats and republicans will hold state primaries where they decide who will actually be their Presidential candidate (this is where parties argue with themselves as to who is the best candidate). They tally the votes from the States and select their candidate. Next the two candidates who where selected from the parties start arguing with each other....Each state has a number of Electoral votes. The number of a states E.V's are based on the population of that state. So citizens vote, their vote counts toward their states electoral votes, and whoever has the most E.V's wins the election.

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  • 1 decade ago

    People decide for themselves where they stand on the issues. This helps them decide who they want running things in this country. The cast a ballot. Ballots are counted in each state, and the winner of that state usually takes all of the electoral votes of the state (except in states like Nebraska and Maine which apportion its electors by congressional district, rather than by statewide result. The candidate with the most electoral votes becomes president his running mate becomes Vice President.

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  • KylieV
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    1 decade ago

    Everyone who is registered to vote and chooses to vote from each state casts a ballot. The votes in each state are counted up to determine which candidate wins popular vote of that state. The candidate who wins popular vote in a state gets all of that states electoral votes. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. I believe 4 times in history the president who won popular vote overall did not win the election because of the electoral votes.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I honestly can't supply any details however the 1st item is to follow the steps Mr. Fraud did to establish over $ 200,000,000.00 in illegal campaign funds..... Most likely from his ties to terrorists in the middle east..

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Illuminati.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you are George W Bush, you get appointed not elected by a crooked Kangaroo rigged court.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The president of the United States is SELECTED by CNN, MSNBC, and NY Times. They do a great job of brainwashing people.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There sure a lot of nasty Republicans on here.

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  • 1 decade ago

    by lying their heads off and having a stupid electorate

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