U.S. Elections: Explained (Video Series)
How does the American presidential election work? This video explains the start of the process, picking the candidates.
What are primaries? How do they work? Find out how Americans pick their presidential candidates through primaries.
What are caucuses? How do they work? Find out how Americans pick their presidential candidates through caucuses.
A state has a set amount of "electors," and all of those electors go to the candidate who gets the largest number of votes in that state. Many states almost always vote for one of the two major parties. However, a handful of states, such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, could potentially vote for either candidate. These states are called "swing states."
How democracy works, using the American elections as an exemple. The democratic process, basic principles of clean and fair elections, the roles of civil society, of the press, and of new media in modern elections will be featured.
- Article: After Florida, Republican Presidential Hopefuls Move West: There’s an American saying about Florida that the farther north you go, the farther south you get.
- Article: U.S. Elections: 2012 Primary Schedule: For those states holding primaries, voters go to polling places and cast their ballots. In caucus states, voters gather in meeting places throughout the state to discuss candidates and reach a consensus on which candidate they will support.
- Glossary of U.S. Election Terms: Absentee voting, blue state, a caucus, closed primary, divided government, electoral college, lame duck plurality, straw poll/vote, and super tuesday...What do they mean?
Democracy requires more than holding elections. Healthy democracies are defined by the expectations of citizens and the common rules, understandings, and trust they build. This eJournal USA explores the contours of civil society and political legitimacy within which peaceful transitions of power can occur.