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The electoral process--which includes the selection of candidates, the registration of voters, and the voting procedures--varies throughout the United States. Each state has the power to establish some of its own laws regarding voter requirements and the frequency of statewide elections. However, because the national government establishes federal election requirements, many of the states generally adopt the same rules and practices to reduce expenses and avoid the complexity of having two different systems
Selecting the Candidates
Political parties, which are made up of groups of voters who share similar political views, or philosophies, are an important feature of the American political system. Although there are a variety of minor political parties, there are two major ones — the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Democrats and Republicans nominate most of the candidates who run for public office in the United States.
In most elections, each major party selects a candidate and supports him or her with money, advice, and publicity. Political campaigns increasingly use direct-mail fliers and television advertisements to present the candidates'positions to the electorate. In other words, campaigns let the electorate know how the candidates "stand on the issues." Because it is expensive to run a campaign, minor parties and independent candidates with smaller funds find it difficult to compete against the major party candidates for votes.
The meeting of the electors takes place on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the presidential election. The electors meet in their respective states, where they cast their votes for President and Vice President on separate ballots.
originally posted by: olaru12
a reply to: musicismagic
Basically the election process has been dead for quite some time. It has been replaced by a "selection" process that takes place on a country club golf course in Orange county California or a vacation retreat called Bohemian Grove. The selectors are usually from the Corporate Military Industrial complex, refereed to as neocons. The selection process is a business decision masquerading as politics for the benefit of the people that actually pay the bills.
The political process in America has become another type of entertainment theater for the taxpayers to enjoy. Some folks think they have a stake in the process but it's just a fancy illusion; complete with clowns, jokers and buffoons.
hope that helps.....