10/12/16 – U.S. Elections 2016 – News Updates

US Election

October 12, 2016

The 2016 federal general election will be held on November 8, 2016. Presidential elections are combined with the congressional, statewide, state district, and county elections.

American Center Korea (ACK) plans to provide up-to-dated information related to U.S. Elections 2016 time to time.

What happens in a party national convention?

Political parties meet to choose their nominees for president and vice president–known as their party’s ticket. Conventions are also the time when parties create support for their platform–their beliefs and values about issues that are important to the country. This year, the Republican National Convention takes place July 18-21 in Cleveland, OH and the Democratic National Convention takes place July 25-28 in Philadelphia, PA.

Who votes for the nominees at the conventions?

Delegates – When a candidate wins a state primary or caucus, they are awarded a number of delegates. In the first round of voting at the convention, most of these delegates are bound, requiring them to vote based on the results of their state’s primary or caucus. Every state party has its own method of choosing the people who will represent the state as bound delegates at the national convention.

Superdelegates – The votes of these Democratic Party members are not pledged or bound to any particular candidate or tied to primary or caucus results. This year’s superdelegates include members and former chairs of the Democratic National Committee, current Democratic members of Congress and governors, and other party leaders, including former Democratic presidents and vice presidents. There are just over 700 superdelegates, representing approximately 15 percent of total Democratic delegates this year.

Unbound delegates –  This is the name the Republican Party calls its delegates whose votes at the convention are not pledged to any particular candidate and are not tied to primary or caucus results. The Republican Party expects between 150 and 200 unbound delegates at the convention this year. They could include party members and leaders from some of the states and territories that don’t hold primaries or caucuses, and from states that don’t bind all of their delegates. They represent around seven percent of the party’s total delegates at the convention. During each presidential election year,  state party and national convention rules can change up to and during the convention. This affects who will become an unbound delegate and how many unbound delegates there will be.

(source: USAGov’s Guide to the Party Conventions)