The Election

This is about the candidates

President

This is all about the candidates for the presidential election. The candidate who wins the popular votes gets all the states' electoral votes. So the candidate who wins the popular vote in California gets all 55 of the states' electoral votes. There is a total of 538 electors. To win president, a candidate needs at least 270 electoral votes. Another thing about candidates is that they spread spread their message on Facebook and Twitter as well. These types of sites are called social media. The candidates are also on You tube.

You have to be 18 years old to register to vote.Ads help candidates deliver their message to a huge number of people. Debates are usually the only time the nation gets to see candidates meet face to face. Debates help voters compare candidates views on the economy, education, and other issues. Millions of people tune in, so candidates work hard to appear calm and confident. One mistake can cost them crucial votes.

The candidates all have official websites. There,they post information about themselves and their ideas on key issues. The sites also provide ways for voters to donate money to help their candidates. If you've ever watched tv during election season, this will come as no surprise: Nearly half of a candidates campaign funds are used on ads for tv, radio, and the internet.

Creating commercials and buying the tv time to air them costs millions of dollars. Although expensive, ads can be powerful tools. At most campaign stops, a candidate will deliver a"stump speech". That's a speech that outlines the candidate's main ideas for running the country. These visits are covered by reporters from newspapers and Tv. Candidates usually love this coverage because it's free.The internet is another important tool that helps candidates connect with voters.