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Electing Our President
By Phyllis Naegeli
1 Choosing our president is a long process. When the Framers wrote our Constitution, they wanted to be sure that the person who led our country would be qualified. They put together a unique way of choosing the president, starting with the following rules:
2 There are other rules, too. A president may serve only two full terms in office. It was not always this way. Franklin D. Roosevelt won the presidency four times. This worried some people. In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to our Constitution passed. Now, presidents can serve for a maximum of ten years. For instance, if a vice president takes over for a president and serves less than two years, he can still run for president and serve two full terms (less than 10 years total). If a vice president takes over and serves three years of the previous president's term, he is limited to serving only one four-year term for himself.
- A president must be a native-born citizen of the United States.
- A president must be at least thirty-five years of age.
- A president must have been a resident of the United States for at least fourteen years.
- A presidential election must be held every four years.
3 A qualified person declares his or her intent to run for president and becomes a candidate. Then, he or she tries to win a nomination in a party by campaigning. There are two main parties, Republican and Democratic. Although there are other parties, these two groups lead our system.
4 To win a nomination, the candidates take part in caucuses and primaries. These events choose delegates. Delegates are people who place a vote for a candidate at a convention.
5 A caucus is like a town meeting. Members of a party meet in a home or a public building. Here, they discuss candidates for hours. Then, the party decides which candidate it wants to support. In some locations, the members vote by raising their hands. In others, they write down their choice.
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