Ja’Nai DavisDr.GeorgeAmerican Government 18 April 2019 Is the Current Presidential Election Process Still Needed?
The Presidential Election ProcessThe election of the President of the United States is not one that happens overnight. It begins with primary elections and caucuses and then moves to the nomination conventions, in which the political parties each select a nominee to unite behind. The nominee also announces their choice of a vice presidential running mate. The chosen candidates then begin to campaign across the country to explain and express their plans and views to their potential voters and participate in debates with candidates from other parties. During the general election, Americans go to their designated polling places in order to cast their vote for President. The tally of those votes, which is called the popular vote, does not determine the winner. About one year before the election’s candidates from the two main political parties, Democrat and Republican, begin their campaign trails. They set up their teams and start “touring” around the country in order to rally for support and to fundraise for their campaigns. Atthe beginning of the campaigns, the candidates from both parties participate in televised debates where they will have to answer tough questions to defend their policies and stances on issues. Rather, the presidential elections require the use of an Electoral College. In order to win the election, a candidate must receive the majority of the electoral votes. In the event that no candidate receives the majority vote, then the House of Representatives will choose the Presidentand the Senate will choose the Vice President.Electoral CollegeDavis 1