U.S. elections

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Firsts from the 2018 elections

Among the winners in the 2018 election are the first female Native American representatives to Congress. See some of the other history makers elected to office.
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How will the 2018 elections change the U.S. Congress?

See how the midterm elections of 2018 affected the two major parties' control in Congress and the gains women made in representation in Congress.
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In U.S., November national elections have long history

Learn why U.S. national elections are held on Tuesdays in November, and why that's unlikely to change — even though some people think it should.
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What are midterm elections, and why are they important?

Although Americans won't elect a president in the 2018 midterm elections, their choices will have a big effect on the country's direction.
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Trump administration reaffirms election integrity

A new executive order requires mandatory sanctions and other consequences for foreign individuals or governments that attempt to meddle in U.S. elections.
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U.S. elections get international monitors too

As a participating member of the OSCE, the United States invited international election monitors to ensure the November 8, 2016, elections were free and fair.
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Term limits on presidents are a good thing. Here’s why.

Even if you like a president enough to support giving him or her more time in office, there are good reasons not to break rules on term limits.
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Turkish Americans make their mark in local government

Two Turkish-American politicians entered politics to serve their communities. Learn more about 2017 election winners Tayfun Selen and Hacibey Catalbasoglu.
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Women in politics: A timeline

Women have accomplished many political milestones in the history of the United States. See their photos and learn about what they've achieved.