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Primer on Presidential Elections - 10 Facts

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Geo Beats

Learn 10 basic facts about the US presidential elections.

Here are 10 basic facts about the US Presidential Elections:

Number 10 - In order to run for President, one must be at least 35 years old, a native born citizen of the United States and have been a resident of the United States for at least 14 years.

Number 9 - The nominee’s for President and Vice President are on the same ticket and cannot be voted for separately.

Number 8 - An electoral college is made up of 538 individuals chosen by voters in each individual state.

Number 7 - A Presidential candidate must win a majority of the electoral votes in order to win the election. This majority amount is currently 270.

Number 6 - Each state is assigned a number of electoral votes based on the number of Representatives of the House and Senate it has in the United States Congress. The House of Representatives numbers change in accordance with the US census held every 10 years. The Senate always has 100 members. Currently, there are 435 Representatives,100 Senators, and three electors from the District of Columbia.

Number 5 - If there is a tie during the electoral votes, if each candidate receives 269 votes each, then the House of Representatives will vote to decide the Presidency.

Number 4 - The candidate with the most votes in each state does not necessarily determine the outcome of the winner. The ballots of an electoral college determines the results.

Number 3 - A registered voter who is not able to travel to a polling location on election day may vote via absentee ballot.

Number 2 - On the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, the electors gather in their state capitals, cast their ballots, and formally choose the next President of the United States.

Number 1 - In early January, the votes cast by the electors are sent to Congress where they are counted and verified.

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