The U.S. Election 2020 which is the United States 2020 presidential election is gradually becoming one of the most talked-about election in the world. Everyone seems to be on the lookout for new information concerning the US Election 2020.
U.S. Election 2020
It is little wonder that this matter is of great concern to the world since the United States is one of the most world-leading countries in the world today. The United States has built itself over the years to achieve this level of greatness and has become a trailblazer for other countries to follow suit.
Date for the U.S. 2020 Elections
The US Election 2020 will be the 59th quadrennial presidential election held. The election has been scheduled to hold on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. On this day, the voters would vote for people called Presidential Electors in their state. These Electors they vote for are also supporting the candidate they want to be president. The Electors would on the 14th of December, 2020, vote who they want to be president. On this day, the Electors cast their votes on the candidate they want to be president. These candidates may belong to any political party in the United States.
Eligibility of Voters in the U.S.
The eligibility of voters in the United States is established both through the United States Constitution and by the State law. Voting rights are not restricted by race, color, previous condition of servitude, or sex. Anyone above the age of 18 is eligible to vote but in the absence of a specific federal law or constitutional provision, each state is given considerable discretion to establish qualifications for suffrage and candidacy within its own respective jurisdiction. In addition to that, states and lower-level jurisdictions establish election systems.
As earlier mentioned the Presidential Electors on the 14th of December, 2020 will elect a new president and vice or reelect the current incumbents; Donald Trump and Mike Pence. The Electors who win in the voting form the Electoral College. Therefore, the Electoral College is a body of Electors with the purpose of electing the president and vice president of the United State.
The body of the Electoral College is made up of five hundred and thirty-eight (538) Electors. These 538 Electors are electoral votes allocated to the state and to the District of Columbia for 2012, 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. This allocation of electors vote is based on the populations from the 2010 census.
Number of Electors from Each State in the U.S.
There are fifty-two (52) states in the United States and each state is worth a number of Electors proportionate to its representation in congress. The more populous states have more Electors allocated to them. Choosing these Electors for each state is a two-part process.
The most populated state which is California is allocated 55 Electors which is the highest. The smaller states with small Electors are highly considered during the Electors voting for the presidential elections. Below is a list of the states in the U.S. and the number of Electors vote allocated to each one.
- Alabama – 9
- Alaska – 3
- Arizona – 11
- Arkansas – 6
- California – 55
- Colorado – 9
- Connecticut – 7
- Delaware – 3
- District of Columbia – 3
- Florida – 29
- Georgia – 16
- Hawaii – 4
- Idaho – 4
- Illinois – 20
- Indiana – 11
- Iowa – 6
- Kansas – 6
- Kentucky – 8
- Louisiana – 8
- Maine – 4
- Maryland – 10
- Massachusetts – 11
- Michigan – 16
- Minnesota – 10
- Mississippi – 6
- Missouri – 10
- Montana – -3
- Nebraska – 5
- Nevada – 6
- New Hampshire – 4
- New York – 29
- North Carolina – 15
- New Jersey – -14
- New Mexico – 5
- North Dakota – 3
- Ohio – 18
- Oklahoma – 7
- Oregon – 7
- Pennsylvania – 20
- Rhode Island – 4
- South Carolina – 9
- South Dakota – 3
- Tennessee – 11
- Texas – 38
- Utah – 6
- Vermont 3
- Virginia – 13
- Washington – 12
- West Virginia – 5
- Wisconsin – 10
- Wyoming – 3
These are the states and the numbers of votes that are allocated to them.
Super Tuesday in the U.S. 2020 Elections
There is a particular Tuesday known as the Super Tuesday in the United States. The Super Tuesday is observed once in every four years and always on the year of presidential elections in the United States. This is the day that the primary elections and caucuses are being held in most states in the United States. This significant Tuesday is either in February or March. The Super Tuesday for this election years fell on the 3rd of March, 2020. The phrase “Super Tuesday” has been used to refer to the presidential primaries elections since at least 1976.
Other constant days in the US Election 2020 is the first Tuesday in the month of November and the first Monday after the second Wednesday in the month of December of the election year.
The Two Major Parties in the U.S.
There are two major/dominant political parties in the United States and they are the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. These parties have been dominant in the United States since 1850 and are based on Laws, party rules and customs. There are other smaller parties that have also won significant offices at the state level.
Red States, Blue States and Swing States
There are some states in the U.S. that are dominated by either the Republican Political Party or the Democrat Political Party while others are on the neutral. States being dominated by the Republicans are referred to as the “Red States” and the ones dominated by the Democrat are called the “Blue States”. The states that change hands depending on the candidates are called the “Swing states”.
Who is Running for U.S. 2020 Elections | U.S. 2020 Elections Dropped Out Candidates
The candidates of the U.S. Elections 2020 are must be born in the United States, be at least 35 years old and must have lived in the U.S. for the previous fourteen (14) years to be eligible. These are the basic eligibility criteria being a candidate of the presidential elections in the U.S.
There are several candidates that are running for the office of the president of the United States of America. Initially, there were thirty-two (32) running for the office of the president; the incumbent president inclusive. They were twenty-eight (28) Democrats and four (4) Republicans. Currently only five (5); three Democrats and two Republicans, out of the thirty-two are still running. Twenty-seven has dropped out, twenty-five Democrats and two Republicans.
Below is a list of the candidates.
- Joseph R. Biden
- Tulsi Gabbard
- Bernie Sanders
- Donald J. Trump
- William F. Weld
U.S. 2020 Elections Dropped Out Candidates
The following listed candidates have already dropped out from the U.S. Elections 2020.
- Elizabeth Warren
- Michael R. Bloomberg
- Amy Klobuchar
- Pete Buttigieg
- Tom Steyer
- Deval Patrick
- Andrew Yang
- Michael Bennet
- John Delaney
- Cory Booker
- Marianne Williamson
- Julian Castro
- Kamala Harris
- Steve Bullock
- Joe Sestak
- Wayne Messam
- Beto O’Rourke
- Tim Ryan
- Bill De Blasio
- Kristen Gillibrand
- Seth Moulton
- Jay Inslee
- John Hickenlooper
- Eric Swalwell
- Richard Ojeda
- Joe Walsh
- Mark Sanford
Trump, Weld, Walsh, and Sanford are the only Republicans on the list.
The U.S. 2020 Election Primaries | Caucuses
The election process in the U.S. usually starts with the primaries and caucuses in January or February of the election year. This ends in mid-June before the general election in November. The Primaries are run by the state and local governments while caucuses are private events that are directly run by the political parties themselves. The purpose of primaries and caucuses is for citizens to vote in their delegate (Elector) who supports the same presidential candidate. Voting in these Electors would represent the citizens, and in turn vote for their desired candidate. Some states only have caucuses or primaries or both.
Who can vote in the U.S. 2020 Elections
There are only a few basic criteria that would determine who can and cannot vote in the U.S. 2020 Elections. The criteria of who can vote in the U.S. 2020 Elections are listed below.
- You must be a citizen of the United States of America.
- You must be 18 years and above on or before the day of the election.
- Also, you must be registered to vote by your state’s voter registration except for North Dakota which does not require voter registration.
- You must meet the residency requirements of your state.
Having met with these criteria, you are very eligible to participate during the voting process on November 3rd, 2020. Also, there are some persons that cannot vote during the U.S. 2020 Elections, they are;
- Non-citizens, permanent legal residents included.
- Some persons with felony convictions although the rules vary by state.
- Some persons with mental issues but then the rule varies by states.
People in the United States who fall into any of these categories may not be eligible to vote in the U.S. 2020 Elections. Note that although the voting is electronic, there is no online voting.
How a Presidential Candidate wins in U.S. 2020 Elections
Any presidential candidate of the U.S. 2020 Elections with the highest electoral votes above 270 automatically wins. But in the case where no candidate receives the minimum of 270 electoral votes, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate will elect the president and vice president from the first three candidates who received the most electoral votes and the top two candidates become the president and vice president.
What Happens After the Elections
After the elections in December 14th, 2020 and a winner emerge, there will be a brief transition period. This period allows the new president to select cabinet members and make plans. Then in January, the new president and the vice president would be sworn in. this event is called the Inauguration. This inauguration would always take place on the 20th of January at the U.S. Capital building in Washington.
The president and vice would officially resume their offices and titles after reciting the oath of office which has been used since the late 18th century. And after the ceremony at the congress, the president would make his way back to the White House in a parade to begin their term of four years.
There are several channels and social media platforms that would stream the U.S. 2020 Elections live. On the day of the general elections, the following channels would stream the U.S. 2020 Elections live. They are;
- The New York Times
- Odds Shark
- DW News
- NBC News
You can catch all the moments and also keep counts with the U.S. 2020 Elections on the 3rd of November, 2020.
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