The Fast Facts on an Election

The Fast Facts on an Election

The Fast Facts on an Election
The Fast Facts on an Election
What is an Election?
An election is a formal decision-making process by which a population of a given area chooses an individual to hold a position of public office.
Elections are the mechanism by which modern democracies operate; since the 17th century, elections have been used to vote and subsequently swear-in an individual to govern or operate under within a public platform.
Elections may fill offices in a legislature, sometimes in the judiciary and executive branches for either regional, local, or federal governments. That being said, elections are not held solely for political purposes; an election may also be used as the formal process to denote or elect officers or private business organizations or corporations.
In a universal sense, elections are used as a tool for selecting representatives in modern forms of democracy. To ‘elect’ a candidate or an officer means “to choose or make a decision.” As a result of this definition, the election process is used to gauge the public opinion in regards to which candidate they would want to fill a position of public office.
In a government sense, elections are held depending on the locale. In the United States (a representative democracy), some positions are not filled through elections—specifically those functions that require a specific skill set (for example judges, who are appointed rather than elected).
In the majority of democratic political systems, there are a range of different types of elections; each election corresponds to different layers of public governance or geographical jurisdiction.
The most common types of election are: The General Election, the Presidential election, the Primary election, a Local election, a Co-option, and a By-election.




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