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Government Election Process Flow Chart

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Milton Goulard

on 19 November 2015

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Government Election Process Flow Chart
Declare Candidacy
-In the beginning, a candidate will have to consider all of the possibilities, hardships, and look into whether they have a real chance or not.
-The first real step is to then declare candidacy.

Campaign Finance
-Campaigns cost millions and must be financed by supporters (unless the candidate is able to finance themselves.
-They are able to receive money through a number of different ways, almost all of which are limited and watched.
-Groups such as PAC's are limited, in a way, because money is distributed among candidates.
-501(c) groups, however, do not have to report, and are able to make unlimited contributions.
Caucus
-Through state discussion and votes, the party members select the best candidate
-Caucuses begin in the beginning of the election year and the first caucus begins in Iowa. For example, the first caucus for this presidential season will be held February 1, 2016 in Iowa.
Nomination Campaign
-Once a president is registered and running, he or she begins campaigning to gain popularity.
-The campaign is grueling and can mean flying to three different states in one day.
-They will alert the media, walk through the streets, attend dinners, etc.
Primaries and Caucuses
Primaries
-Party members vote in the primary for the candidate to represent their party in the general election.
-The first primary is in New Hampshire and follows soon after the first caucus.
-This season it is in New Hampshire on February 9, 2016.
Conventions
-Conventions are, for the most part, held in July and August.
-In the national convention, each party chooses the final nominee to run.
-The nominee also chooses who will be running with them, or the vice presidential candidate.

Delegates
-A regular delegate is chosen at the local or state level and indicate their preference.
-A superdelegate, or unpledged delegate, does not have to indicate preference.
-To become the presidential nominee, a candidate needs to win the majority of delegate votes.
General Election
-The candidates continue to travel and gain support of the general population.
-Election day falls on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, and people vote for the President and Vice President.
-People are casting their vote for electors.
Electoral College
-By law they are not required to vote for their pledge candidate, but they do.
-Each state has a certain number of electors based on representation in congress.
-Each elector, after the general election, casts one vote.
The End
-In the end, the Candidate with more than half of the votes wins.
-The elected President and Vice President are then inaugurated come January.
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