Presidential Election Process

  • Announcement

    Candidate publicly announces his/her plan to run for office
  • Nomination Campaign

    Candidate works hard to gain support from members of his own party.
  • Caususes

  • Primary Elections

    Voters cast votes for a presidential candidate. Based on election results, a certain number of delegates are sent to the national convention.
  • National Convevtion

    During the summer, delegates attend this gathering to nominate and official candidate and unify party members.
  • Campaigns and Debate

    Candidates give speeches, advertise, and promote their qualifications and platforms. Candidates meet for a public debate on important issues.
  • General Election

    In November, citizens cast their votes. These votes are used to select groups of electors to represent each state on behalf of voters.
  • Electoral College Votes

    In December, elctors cast their ballots. At least 270 electoral votes are required to elect a president.
  • Inauguration

    In janurary, during a formal ceremony, the president-elect takes the oath of office and officially becomes the president of the U.S.A.