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... Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States, shall be appointed an elector. The electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for two persons, of whom one at least shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves. And they shall make a list of all the persons voted for, and of the number of votes for each; which list they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates, and the votes shall then be counted… (Article II of the U.S. Constitution)

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Congressional Research Service/ Library of Congress

Contemporary Developments in Presidential Elections (pdf/688kb), Jan. 9, 2012 | Presidential Nominating Process: Current Issues (pdf/305kb), Dec. 30, 2011 | “Super PACs” in Federal Elections: Overview and Issues for Congress (pdf/448kb), Dec. 2, 2011 | The Help America Vote Act and Elections Reform: Overview and Issues (pdf/202kb), June 27, 2011 | Presidential Elections in the United States: A Primer (pdf/304kb), April 12, 2000

Foreign Press Centers/ U.S. Department of State

Readout of the Florida Primary and a Look Ahead at the Upcoming Caucuses and Primaries, with Jerry Hagstrom, Feb. 1, 2012 | The Role of Foreign Policy in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections, with James M. Lindsay, Dec. 16, 2011 | The Process of Electing the President of the United States: Role of Caucuses, Primaries and National Conventions, with Allan Lichtman, Dec. 6, 2011


The New York Times - Election News | The Washington Post - Campaign 2012 | CNN - Election Center 2012 | National Journal - Election 2012 | The Hill - Campaign | NPR - Election 2012 | Roll Call - Politics | Campaigns & Elections | The Cook Political Report


Gallup - Election 2012 | | The Washington Post - Political Polls & Surveys

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Bureau of International Information Programs/ U.S. Department of State

"American Electorate Has New Face for 2012 Race," Jan. 24, 2012 | "Financing Campaigns," Jan. 4, 2012 | "U.S. Political Parties: An Ongoing Evolution," Dec. 5, 2011 | "How Raucous Is the Caucus?," Nov. 9, 2011 | "Federal Election Commission Regulates Presidential Campaigns," Nov. 2, 2011 | "U.S. Federal Offices: Who Can Serve in Washington?," Nov. 2, 2011 | "2012 U.S. Elections the First Influenced by “Super PACs”," Nov. 1, 2011 | "Road to the White House Is Paved with Delegates," Nov. 1, 2011

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