USA Presidential Elections – how do they work?

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Much has been in the news lately about the Presidential elections in USA.  Every four years people in the US vote for who they want to be their president.

The president makes decisions about how the US is run and how it will work with other countries.

How is the president chosen?

Both of the main political parties – Republicans and Democrats – have to pick one candidate each who they want to run for president.

At the moment this is happening.  Donald Trump, an eccentric billionaire, is the front runner for the Republicans.  Hillary Clinton is the front runner for the Democrats.

Once a Democrat and Republican candidate is chosen we have the election itself.

The presidential elections are always held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Can anyone become president?

The president of America can be a man or a woman of any race or any religion, but they must have:

  • been born in the US
    be at least 35 years old
    have lived in the US for at least 14 years

Once you’ve become president, the rules state one person can only be in the job for a maximum of eight years. This is why President Barak Obama is not eligible anymore.

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