How does a president really get elected? Have you ever looked into the process of how this system operates? Here are a few different factoids:
U.S. Constitution Requirements for a Presidential Candidate:
The President must:
- Be a natural-born citizen of the United States
- Be at least 35 years old
- Have been a resident of the United States for 14 years
Some of these have been in conflict with a few of the presidential candidates, such as Ted Cruz, a natural born Canadian with one American parent. In the past, Obama was thought to be born outside the U.S., having a birth certificate from Hawaii and stirring much controversy to this day.
There are other steps to this process, all of which can be seen here at this link:
I’ll let you find the rest in order to save time and space. The point is, many people aren’t aware of the process and that presidents aren’t directly elected. There is an entire process to becoming a United States President. In short, this is the step-by-step process:
Step 1: Primaries and Caucuses – Rally for support in secret ballots (Open & Closed)
Step 2: National Convention – Parties select their candidates
Step 3: General Election- Candidates explain views/selling points to voters
Step 4: Electoral College – 538 electors, candidate needs 270 (more than half)
This process repeats every 4 years. As you are aware already, presidents can serve 2 consecutive terms. The process was put into place by the founding fathers in hopes to eliminate any chance of tyranny and giving anyone worthy the equal opportunity to lead our free country, hopefully in hopes to keep it that way.
So regardless of your political affiliation, here are some facts about politics that are very important. Maybe you will feel slightly empowered knowing that what you think matters, holding onto that notion of freedom and independence.