2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Educating Yourself on the Candidates and Process

The 2016 presidential election will be here before we know it, and we’re here to help you prepare for all you need to know about candidates and voting. Here are some helpful eNotes Homework Help questions to help you educate yourself on important aspects of the 2016 presidential election.

How does the United States presidential election system work?

We have a process in the United States for electing our president. Each party must choose its candidate that will represent the party in the general election. Prior to the nominating convention, candidates for each party will…continue reading

Who are the 2016 presidential candidates and what are their strengths and weaknesses?

This question is actually a bit easier to answer today than it was a few weeks ago, because several of the candidates have…continue reading

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Who is Hillary Clinton and where does she stand on important political issues?

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton  was born on October 26, 1947 in Chicago and raised in Illinois. She was raised in a Republican family, and was politically active even as a high school student, but during her years as a student at Wellesley College, began to shift towards the Democratic party…continue reading

BernieSWho is Bernie Sanders and where does he stand on important political issues?

He is officially not a Democrat. Instead, he is an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats. He considers himself to be a democratic socialist.

For an in-depth look at Sanders’ stands on important issues, please follow the link below. In general, though, Sanders takes very liberal stands on all important issues. Some examples are as follows…continue reading

Would you consider the 2016 election the biggest political election of our lifetime? Why or why not?

“Our lifetime” encompasses quite a few elections. The student who posed the question—is the 2016 election the “biggest” of our lifetime—is probably… continue reading

TedCWho is Ted Cruz and where does he stand on important political issues?

Ted Cruz is a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Currently he serves in the United States Senate as a Senator from Texas. As the Republican primary season has progressed, he finds himself one of only three of the original seventeen candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. Cruz runs on a conservative platform and often speaks against “the Washington cartel,” by which he means entrenched politicians and lobbyists in the federal government who pursue an agenda that benefits themselves rather than the voters, everyday working men and women, around the country…continue reading

DonaldTIn what ways is Donald Trump qualified for the United States presidency?

This is no doubt a politically charged question. The most simple answer is that the laws and constitution of the the United States say that it is the public’s responsibility to deem a candidate qualified or unqualified. This has not been decided yet, but if the public were to elect Donald Trump, this in itself would deem him qualified from a certain perspective.

That said, conventional wisdom states that a candidate should have experience in a related public office before seeking the presidency. Most candidates have been a senator, governor, or other official before seeking the highest office…continue reading

What issues do voters consider important in the 2016 election?

According to a recent survey by Gallup, a respected polling organization, the four top issues of concern to both self-identifying Democrats and Republicans in the 2016 Presidential election are…continue reading

What is a superdelegate and what is their significance to the presidential election?

A superdelegate is a person who is automatically seated at the Democratic National Convention and who is not pledged to either candidate in advance. In other words, the superdelegates…continue reading

How are superdelegates chosen?

Although the selection process of super-delegates is slightly different in the Democratic and Republican parties, in both cases, governors, senators and  Representatives from Congress comprise a large percentage of the super-delegates…continue reading

Why is voter turnout in the United States so low?

Political scientists say that voters choose whether to vote based on the costs and benefits of voting.  The higher the costs relative to the benefits, the less people will…continue reading

What are important dates to remember leading up to the 2016 election?

The primary schedule in the United States is really important to remember, especially this election cycle where any given candidate’s chance to get nominated may…continue reading

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Happy learning and happy voting!

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