Once again, a year of a presidential election is upon us. In early November, Americans will decide their next leader, but there is still a long and complicated process to play out before the polls open. Here is a quick guide of how the remaining stretch of this long process will go.
Caucuses and Primaries begin:
What is a caucus?
A caucus is a method used to determine which presidential candidate will be backed by the party. Registered voters of a particular party will gather and decide on delegates to send to their party’s national convention (see below for more details on national conventions). These delegates will be chosen based on each delegate’s view on the candidates. The delegates will vote for the candidate of their choice during their party’s national convention.
What is a primary?
A primary is a different method used to determine the final presidential candidate of each party. Voters will cast a ballot for a particular candidate, rather than a delegate. Whichever candidate receives the most votes will receive the majority of delegates for their party’s national convention.
March 3, 2020-
The Tuesday where the greatest amount of states hold their primaries and caucuses.
April 7, 2020:
July 13-16, 2020:
Democratic National Convention:
This year the Democratic National Convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here, Democratic delegates will cast their votes based on the results from the caucuses or primaries from their states. Whichever candidate receives a majority of votes will become the Democratic Presidential Nominee.
August 24-27, 2020:
Republican National Convention.
THis year, the Republican National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, Republican delegates will cast their votes based on the results from the caucuses or primaries from their states. Whichever candidate receives a majority of votes will become the Republican Presidential Nominee.
November 3, 2020:
The Presidential General Election will be held on Nov. 3rd this election cycle. The General Election is the voting day where the next President is finally voted into office.The first nominee to receive 270 votes in the electoral college wins. The electoral college is a voting system where each state receives a different number of votes based on population size. Different states have different methods of deciding how votes go to candidates.
By Amira Pierotti