U.S. Elections

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An inspiring portrait, in person or online

A mural of activist Ida B. Wells was unveiled to mark the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the U.S.
Bill Clinton, Ross Perot and George H.W. Bush laughing (© Mark Cardwell/Reuters)

The spirited history of presidential debates

Technology has changed U.S. presidential debates since the days of Abraham Lincoln, but debates still give voters important information about candidates.
John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon shaking hands (© Bettmann/Getty Images)

Presidential debate milestones [infographic]

From the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 to present day contests, presidential debates have given voters valuable information about candidates.
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A huge step forward for women voters turns 100 [video]

The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920. Learn how this was the first step to ensuring all women could vote in the U.S.
Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr, sitting across from each other (© Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Voting Rights Act at 55

Prior to 1965, African Americans in the South were often blocked from voting. But an important law remedied that, and altered the U.S. political landscape.
Lyndon Johnson seated at desk signing document while surrounded by people (© AP Images)video

U.S. celebrates the Voting Rights Act [video]

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 enforces the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of the right to vote. Learn about the history and importance of this law.
Woman in wheelchair using voting booth (© Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

U.S. laws help people with disabilities vote

The landmark Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30 on July 26. Learn how it revolutionized voting for citizens with disabilities.
Two U.S. maps, one with states sized according to their electoral votes (State Dept./J. Maruszewski; Images: © Shutterstock)

Understanding America’s Electoral College [infographic]

America’s Electoral College system is difficult to explain, but it has successfully enabled the election of presidents since the country’s founding.
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3rd-party candidates play a role in U.S. elections

Find out how candidates who are not members of the two major U.S. political parties can still make their mark in American politics.