Americans will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to decide whether Republican candidate Donald Trump or Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will become the next president of the United States. (Of course, there are “third-party” candidates as well: Jill Stein and Gary Johnson). But how exactly did the world’s most powerful democracy decide on the rules for electing the highest office in the land? It turns out that while the practice of electing American political representatives may be older than George Washington , the trappings and rituals of current election days are much more modern. Below is a look at the what, where, when and how of Election Day, including details on its history, some common myths, as well as interesting facts about the venerable tradition. Related Coverage Marijuana Legalization 2016: A Voter Guide Democratic Party Platform: We Checked the Science We Fact-Checked the Science Behind the Republican Party Platform Why Did the Democratic and Republican Parties Switch Platforms? What Are the Different Types of Government? Why do Americans vote on Tuesdays? Though Americans have been voting in presidential elections since George Washington was chosen as the first president, in 1788, Tuesday didn’t become the official election day until… Read full this story
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