U.S. Elections

Rockefeller Center in New York City on Election Night, November 9, 2016. Photo credit: Marco Verch via Creative Commons

One of the most important rights of American citizens is the franchise — the right to vote.  Originally under the Constitution, only white male citizens over the age of 21 were eligible to vote.  This shameful injustice has been corrected and voting rights have been extended several times over the course of our history.  Today, citizens over the age of 18 cannot be denied the right to vote, regardless of race, religion, sex, disability, or sexual orientation.”

White House page on Elections & Voting

PHOTO: Rockefeller Center in New York City on Election Night, November 9, 2016. 

(Photo credit: Marco Verch via Creative Commons)

Summary of the U.S. Presidential Election Process

Summary of the U.S. Presidential Election Process

Learn about the presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions.

A-Z to U.S. Elections

A-Z to U.S. Elections

Read the complete A-Z of terms and concepts related to the U.S. voting process.

Federal Voting Assistance Program

Federal Voting Assistance Program

The Federal Voting Assistance Program works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so – from anywhere in the world.

Overseas Citizen Voter

Overseas Citizen Voter

U.S. citizens living outside the country can still participate through absentee voting. Visit this page to learn how.

Voting and Election Laws and History

Voting and Election Laws and History

Know the laws that govern the elections process and protect U.S. citizens’ right to vote. Learn how voting methods and rules have evolved.