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.