Graphic reading "Elections 2016" (State Dept./J. Maruszewski)

The 2016 U.S. general elections were on November 8.
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Why do elections matter?Why do elections matter?

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Does the presidential candidate with the most votes always win?Does the presidential candidate with the most votes always win?

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How many times can a person be president?How many times can a person be president?

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How many votes does it take to win a U.S. congressional election?How many votes does it take to win a U.S. congressional election?

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Does early voting affect election results?Does early voting affect election results?

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Can anyone run for political office?Can anyone run for political office?

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Why do political parties still hold national nominating conventions?Why do political parties still hold national nominating conventions?

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Why does the U.S. have only two major political parties?Why does the U.S. have only two major political parties?Share it: Facebook | Twitter

2016 Electoral College votes state by state2016 Electoral College votes state by state

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Elections for federal officeElections for federal office

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What if an American doesn’t belong to the Democratic or Republican party?
What if an American doesn't belong to the Democratic or Republican party?

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State by state: Primaries and caucusesState by state: Primaries and caucuses

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How do presidential candidates pay for their campaigns?How do presidential candidates pay for their campaigns?

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How important are polls?How important are polls?

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When are elections held?When are elections held?

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How many states hold a primary or caucus and when are they held?How many states hold a primary or caucus and when are they held?

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What about other political offices?What about other political offices?

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What’s the difference between a primary and a caucus?What's the difference between a primary and a caucus?

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How are presidential candidates chosen?How are presidential candidates chosen?

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Who conducts U.S. elections?Who conducts U.S. elections?

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What is the United States doing to keep elections fair in the future?What is the United States doing to keep elections fair in the future?

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Why do U.S. Presidential campaigns cost so much?
Why do U.S. Presidential campaigns cost so much?

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How do Americans Vote?
How do Americans Vote?

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USA Elections in Brief

Outline of U.S. Government

Selecting the Presidential Candidates

Elections in Brief

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