Hey, it's gonna be 2016 soon! Who do you think you'll back for President?
??? I don't even know how the process works! Do we just vote for the representative directly or what? I only just turned 18, you know.
I got ya covered. Here's how it goes down. Starting early in the year, potential candidates start to campaign and get our votes. They try secure votes of their party, undecideds, and sway the opposing party. After all of that, we gotta decide who we like. That's where the primaries and caucuses come in. We vote for our candidates then.
I'm with you so far...but that sure was a lot of info.
No problem man! Alright, so after that the primaries and caucuses, most of the presidential candidates are weeded out, and only a few are left. Now the party members have to choose between the their candidates are pick one. This happens in the national convention, and there is where the intended vice president will be announced as well.
So the National Convention is where we find out what Republican candidate is going to be the nominee for President?
Yup! And that's where the general campaigning begins. Here is where most of the candidates spend their money. With the donations that they ask for during the national convention and campaigning, they start websites, commercials, and most importantly, TV ads. A LOT of ads.
Oh man..and I thought hearing "Vote JB Pritzker for Governor" everytime on Spotify was annoying.
Here comes the nutty part. The General Election rolls around the second Tuesday of November. It's then that the US Citizens vote. Weird thing is, we don't actually vote for the President directly, we vote for people that represent us who say that they will vote Republican or Democrat. Those are called Electors, and the system is called the Electoral College. There are 538 Electors in total.
Oh, so there is still the chance that a candidate wins through the Electoral College even though they don't get the popular vote?
Unfortunately, yeah. After the votes are counted up, whoever gets more than 270 votes wins. Of course, there are also minority parties that sometimes draw away votes from the Republican/Democratic voters. Recounts do happen, but after that, we have our new President. S/He doesn't get inaugurated until next year though.
Wow! And I thought I would only have to vote one time for the President really quickly.