How Does the U.S. Presidential Election Process Work?


Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be learning more about how United States presidential elections work. Who i s it that rules this great nation? You do. Every four years, you decide who it is that is going to give the State of the Union address. Who will set the course for the country. Who will be the Commander in Chief. U.S. Presidential Elections take place every four years, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Who can vote?
In general, every U.S. citizen aged 18 and over can vote in a presidential election, as long as they have registered to do so.
Who can run?
Presidential candidates must be at least 35-years-old, must have been a permanent U.S. resident for at least 14 years, and must be considered a natural-born U.S. citizen. No one can be elected President more than twice. Those convicted of impeachment and those who have rebelled against the Constitution are also not eligible barring congressional intervention. What are the primaries and the caucuses? Primaries and caucuses are where the Presidential candidates for the two main political parties are chosen. They occur between January and June of election year. Ohio has evolved Some states use only primaries, others use only caucuses, and some use both. These systems are quite different. Primaries are government-run, and are decided by secret ballot. There are two kinds of primaries: in a closed primary, you can only vote for a candidate in your political party. In an open primary, you can vote for the candidate in any party. New Hampshire is one state that uses the primary system. Caucuses are organized by the parties themselves. Party members meet and break into groups based on which candidate they support, and try to sway undecided voters to support their candidate. At the end, whoever has the most supporters at the caucus wins. Iowa and Texas are examples of two states that hold caucuses.
What is the National Convention? The National Convention is the event at which each party’s nominees for President and Vice President are officially announced, and their platforms are discussed. With a deep awareness of the responsibility confered by your trust, I accept your nomination for the Presidency of the United States. Today, it is mainly a big pep rally for the two parties. The chosen candidates then campaign by traveling the country to meet the public and give speeches. They also participate in televised debates leading to Election Day.
What happens on Election Day?
Eligible voters head to the polls to cast their ballots. However, instead of voting directly for President and Vice President, the popular vote chooses members of the Electoral College. What is the Electoral College? The Electoral College is the group that officially elects the President and Vice President. Candidates for the Electoral College are nominated by the political parties, and are voted on by the public on Election Day. This is called an indirect vote. Each state is assigned a number of electors based on how many Senators and Representatives it has in Congress. The exact number of electors for each state is decided every ten years based on the results of the U.S. Census. Most states use the winner-takes-all method, which means that if a candidate wins the majority of votes in his or her state, that candidate will win all of that state’s electoral seats. The Certificate… However, in some states, the votes can be split among multiple candidates based on the proportion of votes they receive. This is called the Congressional District Method. The Electoral College system was chosen as a compromise between those who wanted Congress to elect the President, and those who wished it to be done by popular vote. How does someone win the election? Someone wins the election by earning an absolute majority of Electoral College votes. The Electoral College members chosen by the public on Election Day meet on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December in their state’s capital to cast ballots for President and Vice President. On January 6th the following year, the winner of that vote is announced. Barack Obama, of the state of Illinois, has received for President of the United States 365 votes. If no candidate earns a majority of Electoral College votes, the decision is made by the House of Representatives. This has happened twice in U.S. history: once in 1800 when Thomas Jefferson was elected, next in 1824 when John Quincy Adams took office. In most cases, the Electoral College and the population choose the same candidate for President. However, a famous case where the popular vote and the Electoral College results did not match was the 2000 Election between George W. Bush and Al Gore: while Gore received more popular votes, Bush earned more electoral votes and thus won the presidency. Once the candidate is officially announced, he or she is inaugurated President on January 20th, and serves the next four years in the White House. And with eyes fixed on the horizon, and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom, and delivered it safely to future generations. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Pretty much most of it is corrupt an dishonesty now. The one who wins is the one who can lie an cheat the best an make the other guy look as bad as they can. Whats funny is how people vote for someone they pretty much no know nothing about an just vote for the man without fully understand his standing point an most of the time they flip flop an say anything for your vote. So in truth you never really know what your getting.. democracy at its finest!

  2. Mojo, I love most of your videos but honestly you should of sat this one(Topic) out. Who can vote? Everyone, but it's difficult choosing between a giant douche and turd sandwich. Who will win? The douche with the most lobbies filling his pockets or the turd set out to crush Americans constitutional rights. Is this a equal chance and fair Democracy? Wake up people!

  3. 0:12 who is it? it's you, the president, who decide what to do.
    imagine if we are in control, the country would be so full of riots right now, Remney always talk and promise unreal things like Bush, so does Obama, but hay, at least he tried and failed

  4. Hey everyone, stop down voting this just because you don't agree with the electoral process. The video is made well and is informative so give it a like

  5. Nice to see someone smart!

    It often boggles me as a European how many Americans are just 'satidfied' with the way your voting works, who wouldn't want to choose their leader directly?

  6. I don't see why we need the Electoral College. It's easier to corrupt the few than it is to corrupt the many. Bush's second term is proof enough to that extent.

  7. All normal dirtbag Americans are soon dead or in concentration camps. I'm sorry folks, but this is the sad reality. It's you choice to decide whether or not you believe this.

  8. 5:55 popular vote is the only one that "should" count, but we know how that works out don't we?

  9. If we bog the process down with red tape the gov't can spend more money on nothing.
    -It's all moot because "they" own both parties Like Don King managing both fighters in the ring doesn't matter who really wins King gets a cut either way. That's why it's always a choice between a douche and a turd.

  10. So, the national convention determines the candidates for president and the Primaries/caucuses determine the candidates for the candidates for the president?

  11. I propose that we introduce a measure called ratio-of-support (Against/For Ratio) behind every 'elector', 'delegate', 'district', 'state', etc. Such measure (or ratio) will represent the weight each of these intermediate stages have in forming the final outcome of the election process.

    Apparently voters can never vote directly and their votes can get changed at intermediate stages by allocating them to the winner ('elector', 'delegate', etc.) of an intermediate stage. 'Winner takes all' should only happen at the very end of the election process.

  12. give California to the blacks.   they need their own country and California is the largest economy in the US.   If their claim of racism is true they will make California the most powerful nation on Earth.   If they are naturally orientated to crime as many suggest California will look like Chicago or Detroit in a year.   This is the best way to solve the race problem in the US cause what we have done for 50 years is not working.  Time  for radical change before a race riot breaks out.  Obama has really screwed the black race and put the black race back generations.   It is like 1950 for blacks in the US thanks to Obama.

  13. "The Blacks" are not a monolithic body much like "The whites" are not all the same. People are made up of individuals. Skin color is just sunlight that u see reflected back to your eye..Cmon when are people going to think in the 21st century for God's sake!

  14. Actually I prefer the Japanese governmental system because the premier has to make his job; otherwise, he has to resign. It prevents leaders to stay in power so long for doing nothing or doing awful things. He is chosen by the parliament, and he has to face the parliament every week to expose his views, plans and them debate it with other deputies. The term of lengthen is 4 years; but in order to stay on power he need to be approved by the people(what we call pools). If his popularity is less than 20% he will more likely to be forced to resign for obvious reasons and if his popularity is more than 50% he can stay as premier.

  15. The problem with the US system is that it is not the people that chose the president. You chose representatives witch add up to a small number that can then be influenced by external forces. To many behind closed doors deals are made for my liking.

  16. this is incomprehensible. So in your primaries, you go give your votes to some delegates who may or may not convey your vote to give their delegate vote to a candidate within a party. Then, during general elections, you go vote to compose your electoral college, who should convey the public vote? And what's up with superdelegates, where's the democracy in that? Oh yeah, and before you can even consider a candidate, you need a candidate with almost a billion for running a campaign. Such democracy. Much freedom. Wow.

  17. Only official members of the Democratic and Republican Party can vote in closed primary and any U.S Citizen at age 18 and older can vote in that state and you forgot semi closed primary.

  18. Natural born US citizen to run for president?
    Is Ted Cruz qualified? I personally don't think Obama doesn't qualify either.
    What I believe in does not matter. Neither does my Presidential election vote.
    People vote for president but it is the electoral college that decides who takes office.

  19. I love how she says "Once the candidate is officially announced, he or SHE is inaugurated President…"
    Yeah, as if there ever was a female president
    LOL

  20. This election process failed the American people and put a dangerous imbecile in the White House. Making our election process fair and easily accessible ( having plenty voting venues and not closing them down in key areas where it's harder where predominately democratic voters live), Ending "Cross Check" ( that destroys votes on account of finding similar names in different states), having it verifiable (with accountable paper ballots in every state) and New hack-proof voting machines (replacing the outdated machines that were proven to be hackable).
    Our elections would be the republicans worst nightmare.

  21. I just don't understand how the popular vote doesn't always match the electoral one? What kind of system is that?

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