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Interesting facts about the United States electoral process

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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2020. 3:05 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The United States of America’s presidential elections will take place on November 3, 2020.

President Donald Trump secured the nomination from the Republican party and former Vice President Joe Biden was nominated by the Democratic party.

Both presidential candidates will engage in debates surrounding key issues around the USA.

There are thousands of Belizean-Americans closely following the 2020 Presidential elections.

Here are some interesting facts about the United States electoral process:

  1. The President of the USA is elected by the electoral college. In December 2020, 538 members of the electoral college will formally elect the next US President.
  2. A total of 270 of 538 votes is needed for victory. If none of the candidates has garnered the 270, the House of Representatives will choose the President. This has only happened once in 1824.
  3. When the President wins the election, he is mandated to govern but then two years later, there is an election of new members of Congress.
  4. Mark J Rozell, Dean of the Schar school of Policy and Government at George Mason University in Virgina shared that most presidential elections are focused from the beginning on winning 5-10 states, which will bind the critical marginal electors needed to get to 270.
  5. The President elect of the USA will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021.
  6. Donald Trump or Joe Biden would be the oldest candidate to be elected president.

COVID-19 impact

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several scheduled events relating to the 2020 Presidential elections have been postponed.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act included money for states to increase mail-in voting. Trump and his campaign have strongly opposed mail-in-voting, claiming that it would cause widespread voter fraud, a belief that has been debunked by a number of media organizations.

The United States Embassy in Belize reminds all United States citizen voters in Belize that you can cast your vote in the 2020 elections by:

Go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP website at     https://www.fvap.gov/ and connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote and request an absentee ballot

Add election dates and reminders to your calendar

Research the candidates and issues

Return your signed, completed ballot.

Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.

If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through the U.S. Embassy Belmopan Diplomatic Post Office (DPO).

The first debate between Trump and Biden is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29.

 

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