While citizens in other US states tend to lean politically – and in the long run – to either side Democratic or Republican candidates, and this can be safely assumed, swing states do not have such “certainty.” Therefore, during the presidential race, these states usually become the main battleground for the votes of local voters.
The FiveThirtyEight polling server ranks the following twelve states as “traditional” swing states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Due to demographics and the mood in society, swing states can, of course, decrease and increase.
Will the constituency decide immediately?
No, the electorate will not formally elect the president until a month later. The results about the winner will probably be announced after the New Year. The results of voting and the number of voters are usually known immediately after the number of votes in the November elections.
When will the winner take office?
The winning candidate will traditionally take office as US President on January 20, the year following the election, when the inauguration ceremony will take place. Until then, the White House will be governed by the cabinet of the current president.
Is the vice president elected separately?
No, each presidential candidate chooses his vice president, and after the White House elections, they enter together. They cannot even be mixed or matched with other candidates.
Who can run for president?
By law, any Native American over the age of 35 can run in the presidential election. He must have lived in the United States for at least fourteen years at the same time. These territories include the Caribbean Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Guam.
Who are the candidates?
Both candidates are traditionally nominated by the two largest political parties in the United States – the Republicans and the Democrats.
Can the election end in a draw?
Yes, the US presidential election may end in a draw, although this is very unlikely. The indecisive result of the vote has been possible since 1964, when the constitutional amendment gave the right to elect the president and the citizens of the capital Washington.
Indirectly, a new district of the District of Columbia was created, so three voters were added to the electorate at that time. Their total number has therefore increased to even 538. In fact, it may happen that both main candidates get the votes of exactly 269 voters.
In such a case, the future president will not be decided until the January vote of the House of Representatives, in which the deputies would not vote, but the votes for individual states would be added up. It can also happen that one of the voters “runs over” to the side of the other candidate when the choir votes.