Procedures for Presidential Elections by Abdul Zafar
The Upcoming Presidential Election: The Procedure To Elect The President Of The US
By Abdul Waheed Zafar
The upcoming United States presidential election is set for 3rd November 2020. This year will mark the 59th quadrennial presidential election. People of the United States will vote for their desired presidential electors on Election Day. On December 14, 2020, these electors will vote for a new President and Vice President. Alternatively, they can re-elect the holder of the office Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
Also, the caucuses and presidential primary elections are going to be organised between February and August 2020. Actually, this indirect election involves a nominating process that allows voters to cast ballots in order to select delegates to the nominating convention of a political party. These delegates select the nominees from their parties for the positions of President and Vice President.
During the previous presidential election, Trump and Pence were nominated by the republicans with no serious opposition. Joe Biden, the former vice president, was nominated by the democratic over Senator Bernie Sanders.
On 11th August 2020, Biden made an announcement that Senator Kamala Harris would be his running mate. So, she was the first African American vice-presidential nominee. Jo Jorgensen got the libertarian nomination and Spike Cohen was selected as her running mate. Howie Hawkins got the green nomination and Angela Nicole was selected as his running mate.
On 20th January 2021, the winner of the presidential election 2020 will be announced. In the history of America, Trump was the oldest president. If Biden wins, he will be the oldest person to become the President of the United States at the age of 78 years. Trump became the president of the United States at the age of 77 years.
According to article 2 of the United States constitution, the candidate for the presidency must be a citizen of the United States by birth. Furthermore, he must be a minimum of 35 years old and have lived in the United States for a minimum of 14 years.
Typically, presidential candidates look for the nomination of any of the political parties of the states. Every party has its own method to decide on a candidate that can be ideal for the position of president. Usually, the primary elections are a type of indirect election that allow voters to choose a slate of delegates.
These delegates nominate a certain candidate in order to run for the upcoming presidential elections. Typically, the presidential nominee is authorized to select a vice president. The vice president is ratified at the convention of the party.
In November, the general election is also a type of indirect election where voters are going to cast votes for a slate of members. These are called electors who are responsible for electing the President and Vice President. In case no candidate gets at least 270 electoral votes required to win the election, the candidate with the highest votes is elected as the President.
The Vice president is selected from the candidates who got the 2 highest totals. Besides, the election happens at the same time the elections for the local levels, senate, and the House of Representatives occur.
In short, this is how the Presidential Elections are organized in the United States and the procedure that is followed.
If you are interested in finding out more about the upcoming presidential election in the US, we suggest that you check out Casey Ryan Richard's blog at Presidential Biography Challenge.