General Elections

General elections in the United States are held to select federal, state, and local officials. These elections are typically held on the first Tuesday of November in even-numbered years. The candidates who win the general election are elected to office.

All eligible voters in a district or state can vote for candidates running for office in the general election. The candidate who receives the most votes wins the office. The only exception is electing the U.S. president, who is elected through the Electoral College.

The general election is the final stage of the election process, and the outcome determines who will hold office for the next term. The general election is open to all voters and is a secret ballot.

The two main political parties in the United States are the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Other parties, such as the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, and others, also participate in the elections but tend not to be as influential.