- Primary Elections: Before the presidential election, political parties hold primary elections to determine their respective candidates for president. These elections are held in individual states and allow party members to choose their preferred candidate.
- Election Day: In the United States, Election Day is held on the first Tuesday in November every four years. The next presidential election is scheduled for November 5, 2024.
- Voter ID Laws: Several states in the United States require voters to present a valid form of identification before they are allowed to cast their ballot. Supporters of these laws argue that they help prevent voter fraud, while opponents argue that they disproportionately affect minority and low-income voters.
- Mail-In Voting: The COVID-19 pandemic prompted many states to expand mail-in voting in the 2020 election, allowing voters to cast their ballots by mail instead of in-person. This method of voting has been controversial, with some arguing that it increases the risk of voter fraud.
- Third-Party Candidates: While the Democratic and Republican parties dominate American politics, third-party candidates have occasionally made a significant impact in presidential elections. Some notable third-party candidates include Ross Perot, who won almost 19% of the popular vote in the 1992 election, and Ralph Nader, who many Democrats believe helped George W. Bush win the 2000 election by siphoning off votes from Al Gore.
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