Every four years, people in the United States elect a new president on a Tuesday followed by first Monday in November. This year the date falls on November 8, 2016.
The American election system is not straightforward, as mere votes do not win one the presidency.
Here is how the system works starting from who can become a presidential candidate to the day a newly-elected president is inaugurated in five steps:
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