Election Day 2023: Election Day is observed on the first Tuesday following the initial Monday of November, which this year falls on November 7. Voting is a civic duty that encompasses the selection of public officials at all levels, from the local to the national. In years divisible by four, presidential elections occur every four years; in contrast, elections to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate occur every two years. There may be additional elections for state and local governments in any year that the relevant state specifies.
The History of Election Day
The only thing that distinguishes a democracy from a dictatorship is elections, which grant citizens the ability to remove their leaders without resorting to revolution. This day is a great opportunity to show our appreciation for the rights that the democratic system has granted us.
On January 7, 1789, the electors for the inaugural presidential election of the United States were selected. Every state was granted the authority to select Presidential electors and forward them to the Electoral College for any period of 34 days, as mandated by federal law. This became a problem with the development of communications and transportation, as states that voted earlier could exert influence over states that voted later. In order to mitigate this, Congress enacted a law mandating a standardized national date for the selection of electors.
On January 23, 1845, the first Tuesday following the first Monday was designated as Election Day for future presidents. It was determined that this period was appropriate for elections, given that the harvest would have concluded. Voters could attend church on a Sunday and commute to their polling stations on a Monday, making Tuesday a more convenient day. This gave the farmers the opportunity to cast their votes prior to Wednesday, the customary day when farmers would vend their produce at the market.
Election Day was initially observed on November 7, 1848. The Whig Party candidate, Zachary Taylor, defeated the Democratic candidate, Lewis Cass, and the Free-Soil candidate and former president, Martin Van Buren. Millard Fillmore, the running companion of John Taylor, assumed the presidency of the United States on July 10, 1850, following the premature demise of Taylor.
Election Day FAQs
Which president of the United States has accumulated the most electoral votes?
Ronald Reagan secured 525 of the 538 electoral votes that were pooled in the 1984 election.
What are the prerequisites for the presidency?
Concerning the U.S. The President is required by the Constitution to be a natural-born citizen of the United States, a minimum of 35 years old, and a resident of the country for a period of 14 years.
“Americans are willing to cross an ocean to fight a war, but not a street to vote,” said whom?
This phrase is attributed to columnist and 20th-century author William E. Vaughan. “A citizen of America will cross an ocean to fight for democracy, but will not cross the street to vote in a national election,” is the complete quotation.
Election Day 2023 Activities
Be sure to vote!
Each vote is important. We are required to vote for the desired change. We must exert some effort in order for things to improve, and that effort must commence with a straightforward vote. It is therefore essential that you vote on Election Day.
Motivate others to join
Promote the act of voting among others. Commence by addressing acquaintances, relatives, or coworkers, expounding upon the significance of voting and the rationale behind the merit of each individual vote.
Lead individuals to the polling.
Transportation to the polling. This is an excellent method for encouraging individuals to vote. Notify individuals prior to Election Day that you will be offering transportation to the polls. Accompany them and convey them to the polling stations.
Five Crucial Facts Regarding Elections
The youngest leader
At the age of 43, John F. Kennedy was sworn into office.
The counting of votes through hand-raising
Voting by raising hands or speaking aloud was common in the 1700s and early 1800s.
The first woman to seek political office.
In 1872, Victoria Woodhull initiated the history of female presidential candidates.
The deceased foe
President Grant faced off against Horace Greeley in 1872; however, Greeley passed away during the course of the election.
The use of secret ballots was implemented.
By the 1890s, secret ballots had begun to gain prevalence in elections.
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