How to Become

President of the United States

Requirements for a U.S. Candidate

You must:

  • Be a natural born citizen
  • Have been a United States resident for at least 14 years
  • Be at least 35 years of age

Step 1: Primaries and Caucuses

A primary is a state-level election where members of the different parties vote for their candidate privately, to determine who will run in the general election. You must get majority votes, which are made privately, to win the primary.


A caucus is a local meeting where party members discuss and vote for the candidate they think will best represent them in the general election.


Iowa is a caucus, so it would be wise to go around to each area of the state, and speak about why they should vote for you.

Step 2: The National Convention

The parties select their presidential candidate, after that the candidates choose their vice president. Then it's a race to gain over half of the country's support. The candidates campaign throughout the country to gain people's interests.

Step 3: General Election

The general election is where the members of the parties vote for their desired presidential candidate. This is a national-level election, unlike the primaries and caucuses. You must get the majority of electoral votes to win.
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Step 4: The Electoral College

In the electoral college, each state gets a certain number of votes based on their representation in Congress. You must get the majority of the votes, 270, to win.


Most states have a different number of votes, so I suggest campaigning in each area of the state. For example, Iowa has six votes. Campaign in different areas of each state.

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The new elected president and vice president will be sworn into office in January.