U.S. Election 101

Are you curious about how the U.S Election works?

This page offers a quick guide to understanding how the American people choose their President. Through images and articles, we want to show you the people, places, and process as America prepares to go to the polls on November 3 to choose a President, 469 members of Congress, and thousands of other public officials across the country, including state governors, judges, and superintendents of schools.

The United States has been a representative democracy since the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788. The process, complicated and sometimes confusing, has evolved to ensure universal suffrage to all men and women who are U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older. Free and fair elections are the keystone of any democracy. When voters elect representatives, they elect the leaders who will shape the future of their society. This is why elections empower ordinary citizens, allowing them to influence the future policies of their government, and thus, their own future.

You can download the U.S. Elections Booklet 2020 here.