Election Year Process

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    A primary is a state regulated election for a single party's candidate. Closed primaries restrict voting to registered party members while open primaries allow participation of all voters. Some states hold a caucus which is a meeting that only party members may attend.
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    National Conventions

    A candidate to run for presidency is formally selected from each party.
    DAY 1: each party presents welcome speaches from various people
    DAY 2: party committees meet to discuss issues
    DAY 3: nomination / pep rally
    DAY 4: selection of Vice Presidents
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    General Campaign Phase

    Candidates campaign continuously until election day, They focus on persuading voters that are not loyal to one party. Campaign managers and consultants are hired to handle nearly every aspect of the campaign, such as ads, polls, speeches, endorsements, and public image.
  • Election Day

    Occurs on the first tuesday after the first monday in November. On this day, all U.S. registered voters are expected to vote for their next president.
  • Meeting of the electoral College

    The electors meet and decide on the next prisident. A candidate must recieve a minimum of 270 votes in order to win the election.