Election Day

Election Day

Election Day History

Election Day refers to the day on which general elections in the United States are held.  Presidential elections are held every 4 years and the elected president will then be sworn in and take office the following January 20th, a day known as Inauguration Day.

Election Day in the United States is always held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Election Day Facts & Quotes

  • Elections held for federal offices only occur on even-numbered years.
  • There is no law in the Constitution or Federal mandate which requires electorates to vote in accordance with the popular vote of their state.
  • There are 538 electoral college members. In order to win the vote for President of the United States, a candidate must obtain at least 270 of these votes.
  • Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual--or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. - Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256.

Election Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Register to vote prior to Election Day.
  • Attend a local polling place and cast your vote.
  • If voting by absentee ballot or mail-in ballot, make sure it arrives on or before Election Day.
  • Be informed about the candidates and new amendments on the ballot before going to the polling place.
  • Attend an election day party.

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