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Edited by: Deborah Kalb

In: Guide to U.S. Elections 7th Edition

Chapter 8: Introduction to Presidential Elections

Edited by: Deborah Kalb

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483380346.n10

Subject: Elections

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Introduction to Presidential Elections
Introduction to presidential elections

The U.S. system of selecting a president and vice president through indirect means is perhaps more complicated than it needs to be. But it has worked with few major repairs for more than two hundred years, generally satisfying the citizenry and meeting the nation’s changing needs.

The election occurs every four years and permits the peaceful transfer of power or continuation of the status quo for four more years, no matter how bitter or divisive the ...

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