Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
What is the Electoral Process?
US election 2020 : All you need to know about the presidential race
A basic explanation of the 2020 election, with background on the electoral process
How do the US presidential elections work?
Bare bones description of how U.S. presidents are elected
Presidential Election Process
This USA.gov page has summarized information, a brief video, and an infographic on the process
Electing a president
A Khan Academy page. A navigation menu takes the user to brief video presentations on aspects of the electoral process
Government 101: Elections in the United States of America
Basic information on the electoral process from VoteSmart
“Electing the President: Six Steps to the Summit.” Films Media Group, 2012.
This video covers the electoral process from primaries & caucuses to inauguration.
"Elections: Presidential." American Governance, edited by Stephen Schechter, et al., vol. 2, Macmillan Reference USA, 2016, pp. 76-80.
This text from the online reference book American Governance includes the historical information on the creation of the US presidential election system, the Electoral College, conventions and reforms.
American Politics and Society by
Publication Date: 2013
Chapter 2 Beliefs, Values and American Society
Chapter 5 American Political Parties
Chapter 6 Elections and Political Participation
Chapter 10 The Presidency - Powers and Selection
Chapter 11 The Presidency - Chief Executive
US Government and Politics by
Publication Date: 2010
Part II - Chapter 4 Elections
Chapter 5 Political Parties
Chapter 9 The Domestic Presidency
Chapter 10 The Presidency - Foreign Affairs
American Governance by
Publication Date: 2016
Use the Search Within Publication search form to look for particular topics.