The 2020 U.S. general elections will be held on November 3.
At the federal level, voters will choose a U.S. president, 35 members of the U.S. Senate and all 435 voting members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
At the state level, 11 governorships are up for grabs this year, as are more than 5,000 state legislature seats.
U.S. celebrates the Voting Rights Act [video]
After the Civil War, the U.S. Constitution was amended to state that no individual may be denied the right to vote based on race, color or previous condition of servitude. Yet some states continued to deny African Americans the right to vote well into the 20th century.
Coronavirus changes election logistics … not democracy
Experts say the process may be a bit challenging, but the presidential and congressional elections (along with some state and local votes) will take place on November 3. The U.S. Constitution dictates that the terms of members of Congress end on January 3 and that the president’s term ends on January 20.
Lights, camera, election: The role of presidential debates worldwide
U.S. television viewers watch presidential debates in numbers that rival the Super Bowl and the Olympics. And there are no commercials. They’ve become the major events of the weeks leading up to Election Day, watched live online via Facebook and Twitter.
Americas Independent Voters
Although the American political system is dominated by the Republican and Democratic parties, more and more Americans believe that they are independent voters and do not belong to any party, and independent voters can often influence the outcome of American elections.
Understanding America’s Electoral College [infographic]
When U.S. citizens cast their presidential election ballots, they’ll be voting for someone like Hagner Mister or Rex Teter. You probably have not heard of Mister or Teter. In fact, most voters who chose them in 2016 did not know who they were.
Political polling 101
Politicians, media and research groups spend scads of money each election to poll the public about whom they will vote for. Despite all the money and technology used, sometimes the results are a surprise.
The power of the ballot [video]
For more than 200 years, the United States has embraced democracy and served as an example for other governments to empower their people. U.S. democracy guarantees citizens the right to choose representatives at all levels of government.
3rd-party candidates play a role in U.S. elections
They may not have the flash and cash — that is, campaign donations — of Republicans and Democrats, but every four years, independents and candidates from other parties run for president. While less noticed, they are still an important part of the American political system.
Swing states keep campaigns guessing
While each major U.S. political party has many states it counts on winning in November’s presidential election, a handful of states are too close to call.
Americans vote on more than a president in November [infographic]
When Americans stream into polling places November 3, the presidential election will be the main attraction. But Election Day in the United States will give voters the chance to weigh in on so much more.