Which one of us gets to be the candidate for our party? There are so many!!
Come Vote in the Primaries today!
Oh! So the public can vote in the primaries for delegates who will choose who is the parties canidate!
Yes, but depending on what state you live in you can either vote for a candidate only if you are apart of that party, but in other states it doesn't matter.
The Primaries determine a presidential nominee
Woo Hoo I am the democrat's candidate!
The contender who is most electable usually is the preferred choice for the party (keep in mind that the party's main objective is to win)
Meanwhile the other party has elected a canidate as well. Both canidates go head to head in debates in what is called the general election
In the fall of election year every eligible voter can vote for their preferred president.
Just like the primaries though the votes don't result directly in a winner.
Yes, that's right. The presidental canidate who got the majority vote in each state gets that states electoral votes. The number of electoral votes a state has is the same number of representatives it has in the house.
And that is how the President of the United tates is chosen!!
Candidates have to get 270 or more electoral votes to win the presidency