How to be the President of the U.S.

By John Juergens

Requirements

Not everyone is allowed to be President. First you have to be born in America so you can have the natural rights of an American. Second, You have to live in America for 14 years. Finally, you have to be 35 years or older but the youngest person to assume presidency was Theodore Roosevelt at 42 and the oldest was Roland Reagan at 70.

First Step: Primaries and Caucuses

Many people run for president every four years so to help limit the number states hold primaries and caucuses. These are events where people vote for who they think should be the head of their party. It doesn't matter if you finish first or fifth, many people have won or lost the nomination after bad or good polling.

Second Step: National Convention

After a while, a party may decide that out of the group that you are the best choice to represent your party. This is good. By this time there will be only two or three candidates left including you. When you are nominated you must also choose a running partner or Vice President. He will help you in the campaign and take over the presidency if you are "sick."

Third Step: General Election

By now there is a 50/50 chance of you winning. In the first week of November, about 80% of Americans vote to decide who they want as president. Their vote don't really count because then they go to the Electoral College.

Last Step: Electoral College

The Electoral College is a system where the president is actually elected. There are a total of 538 electoral votes and a candidate needs 270 in order to win. Each state, and D.C., automatically has three votes and receive additional votes based off of their population. For example, California, the most populated state, has 55 votes while Wyoming, the least popular, state has 3. If you win 270 votes you will become head of the executive branch of government and you'll live in the white house and everyone will criticize everything you do. Enjoy.