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How is a US President Elected?

How is a US President Elected?

The first thing to know about the American democratic system is that America is not a democracy, it is a Republic.

The difference is really a cosmetic one, with a Republic simply meaning the political power of the nation is vested in the people and their representatives – founding father James Madison deliberately avoided the use of the term democracy.

It is also important to note that the American people do not elect their President. Just 538 people decide who the President of the United States is - these people are the Electoral College delegates. We will look at that again later, but it is important to bear these in mind as we go through the Presidential election cycle.

See below the timeline for how a US President is elected, or click another tab to learn more.