With all the news about the upcoming presidential election, you might be wondering just what is involved in filling America’s highest elective office. It’s important to learn about our political process when you are young, because every American citizen has the right to vote at the age of 18. Soon you will have the opportunity to participate — or you might even run for office yourself someday!
While every citizen’s vote is important, you might be surprised to learn that presidents are selected by the voters of the Electoral College. There is no federal law requiring electors to cast their votes for the winner of the popular vote, although most states follow a “winner take all” procedure.
The Presidential Election of 1824 is an example from U.S. history when a national election became quite complicated. Find out just how complex it was, and learn more about the many aspects of our political process in Electing America’s Presidents, edsitement.neh.gov/feature/electing-america-s-presidents.
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