U.S. Elections 2016 Overview
“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” –President Lyndon B. Johnson (1963–1969)
The 58th United States Presidential Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Learn more here about how the U.S. election system works below, and join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
Americans will go to the polls On November 8, 2016 to cast their ballots for the man or woman who will serve as U.S. president for the following four years, but first they must select delegates who will vote at national conventions to determine which candidates appear on those ballots.
The Road to the White House
The road to the White House seems to lengthen with each successive election cycle. For months, prospective candidates have been testing the waters with exploratory committees, fundraising events and tours of states holding early primaries.
Achieving the U.S. presidency almost certainly will involve first winning the nomination of one of the country’s major political parties by securing the votes of a majority of the delegates attending a national convention.
So-called “third party” candidates — those not affiliated with either the Democratic or the Republican party — could affect the outcome of the race by depriving the major candidates of votes, but, based on U.S. history, are unlikely to be elected themselves.
Democratic and Republican parties set their own rules for selecting delegates and for allocating votes among participating jurisdictions.
How to Vote from outside of the United States
Visit FVAP.gov. Overseas citizen voters face a specific set of challenges while voting absentee. FVAP.gov we will provide you the information and contacts you need to successfully cast an absentee ballot.