During Election season, a lot of people around the world get very confused over how American elections work. So I decided to sit down and explain it quickly for everyone.
Primaries determine the candidate for each party
The general election is between one candidate from each party
Each State gets electoral votes, for 538 in total
The candidate who gets 270 or more wins
Since anyone can run for office, in order to keep things more simple, we have primaries. If we didn’t the ballot could contain hundreds, if not thousands of names!
Then comes the general election. This is a head to head between the nominees for each party, in this case Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump. The winner of this election then becomes the next President of the United States.