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U.S. election

General elections held every four years to elect the President and Vice President of the United States. These are indirect elections in that ordinary voters cast ballots for a slate of electors of the U.S. Electoral College, who in turn directly elect the President and Vice President.

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U.S. election

Bill of Rights

Government; U.S. election

The first 10 amendments of the US constitution establishing the fundamental rights of individual citizens. The amendments limit the powers of federal and state governments. Acts of Congress or laws ...

Buckley vs Valeo

Government; U.S. election

The 1976 Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited spending by individuals or groups who are not standing for election themselves but who wish to support particular candidates. The provision does ...

Citizens United

Government; U.S. election

A 2010 Supreme Court ruling that overturned aspects of the McCain-Feingold Act on the use of corporate and union money in elections. In a controversial 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that ...

Constitution of the United States

Government; U.S. election

The fundamental law of the US federal system of government. The constitution defines the principal organs of government, their jurisdictions and the basic rights of citizens. It is upheld as the ...

Democratic Donkey

Government; U.S. election

The donkey is the unofficial political symbol for the Democratic Party. Democratic Party historians say the symbol was first used during Andrew Jackson's presidential campaign in 1828.

Electoral College

Government; U.S. election

The collective term for the 538 electors who officially elect the president and vice-president of the United States. Presidential candidates require a majority of 270 college votes to win the ...

Republican Elephant

Government; U.S. election

The elephant is the traditional symbol for the Republican Party. It first appeared in a cartoon in the 7 November 1874 edition of Harper's Weekly by the artist Thomas Nast.

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