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Presidential Elections 2016

U.S. Elections 2016! Be a part of it!

U.S. Election Breakfast 2008, Kurhaus The Hague. Photo: State Dept.

U.S. Election Breakfast 2008, Kurhaus The Hague. Photo: State Dept.

“In a healthy democracy, elections are the starting point for a stable government that protects minority rights, ensures free speech, respects the rule of law, and promotes a strong civil society.”   -- Eric Bjornlund, co-founded and director of Democracy International Inc., which designs, implements, and evaluates democracy and governance programs.

Welcome to the United States Embassy’s Information Hub for U.S. Elections 2016!  We invite you to stay a while and explore our site.  Did you ever wonder what the big deal was about?  Why Americans get so worked up about their elections? Why the media is in a frenzy? And what in the world are a caucus and the Electoral College?  Find out the answers to those questions and much more right here. 

What Happens After Elections

President Obama, left, and former President George W. Bush sing the national anthem after Obama was sworn in to office January 20, 2009 (AP Images).

President Obama, left, and former President George W. Bush sing the national anthem after Obama was sworn in to office January 20, 2009 (AP Images).

After losing the 1960 U.S. presidential election by the thinnest of margins, Vice President Richard Nixon declined to challenge the results. Instead, he performed his constitutional duty as president of the Senate in reporting to that body the election of his opponent, Senator John F. Kennedy.

“This is the first time in 100 years that a candidate for the presidency announced the result of an election in which he was defeated and announced the victory of his opponent,” Nixon said. “I do not think we could have a more striking example of the stability of our constitutional system and of the proud tradition of the American people of developing, respecting and honoring institutions of self-government. More on what's happening after elections...