About Election Day
The United States presidential election of 2016 was held on November 8, 2016. On this day, citizens cast indirect votes (popular votes) for the U.S. Electoral College. The Electoral College directly elects the President and Vice President. Selected electors pledge votes to presidential and vice presidential candidates. In nearly all states, electors are awarded on a winner-take-all basis to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in that state. The Twelfth Amendment provides for each elector to cast one vote for President and one vote for Vice President. The Twenty-third Amendment specifies how many electors the District of Columbia is entitled to have.
The Republican Party has selected Donald Trump (businessman and reality star) as their candidate for President. Donald Trump has selected Mike Pence (Governor of Indiana) to run as his Vice President.
Hillary Clinton has been selected by the Democrat Party as their candidate for President. Clinton has selected Tim Kaine as her Vice President running mate.
The Libertarian Party nominee is former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. The Green Party nominee is Jill Stein. The Constitution Party nominee is Darrell Castle.
The 2016 election will coincide with Senate elections in 34 states, House of Representatives elections in all states and gubernatorial elections in 12 states.
The president-elect (Donald Trump) and vice president-elect (Mike Pence) are scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2017.
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