Political Elections

The Elections channel includes information on topics related to elections, voting or running for political office. Learn more about presidential debates, the electoral college or the voting system.

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How does the Electoral College work?

In the U.S. presidential election system, the Electoral College plays an extremely important role in determining who the next president will be. Learn about the Electoral College system in this article.


America's Past Presidents Had Some Really Weird Habits

Guess which president liked to skinny dip and which one liked petroleum jelly rubbed all over his head every morning.

How Ranked-choice Voting Works

Are there alternatives to the winner-take-all voting system? Ranked-choice voting is one, which supporters say would elect more centrist candidates. But critics worry about the downsides.

This Is How You Recount 3 Million Votes

As Wisconsin starts retabulating its presidential ballots, we wonder whether a hand count is really more accurate.

How 'I Voted!' Stickers Increase U.S. Voter Turnout

Apparently, not just kids can be influenced by a sticker — it works for adults too.

Conspiracy Theories About, Around and From Donald Trump

The latest episode of our Stuff They Don't Want You to Know podcast examines the fringe ideas around the 2016 Republican nominee.

10 Bizarre Moments in Presidential Elections

Think the Trump/Clinton presidential campaign is the strangest? It'll seem par for the course when you see what crazy things have happened in previous elections.

Before Brexit, Have Other Countries Left the EU?

Splits with the European Union have happened before, but that doesn't mean the U.K.'s Brexit will be easy, or even have much in common with past instances.

10 Ways the U.S. Has Kept Citizens From Voting

Whether it's poll taxes, literacy tests, ID laws or limited polling hours, the U.S. has a long-running history of coming up with ways to restrict citizens' voting rights.

Online Voting: It Could Be Easier, But Is It Better?

We buy airline tickets, transfer money and look for dates online. Why can't we vote?

Could Search Rankings Rig the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election?

A controversial recent study argues that the order of Google search results could determine an election's outcome. Could that really happen?