Referat Presidential Elections 2000 The political System of the US: Americas political system consists of three branches: Firstly the Legislative Branch, which itself is also divided into two different sections, namely the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House of Representatives consists of 435 Representatives, who are elected for a 2-year term. The Senate consists of 100 senators; one third of the Senate is elected every two years for a 6-year term. Together, these two parties can override the president s veto with a majority of two thirds and they can also impeach the president. The members of the Congress are elected by the Electorate, basically all men and women over 18 years, who are registered to vote. Secondly, there is the Executive Branch. On top of this branch resides the President and the Vice President. Both of them are elected for a four-year term. Unlike the Congress the President is not directly elected. Between him, and the Electorate stands the Electoral Collage. The Electoral Collage was created for two reasons. The first purpose was that the electors would be able to insure that only a qualified person becomes President. The founders believed, that with the Electoral Collage no one would be able to manipulate the citizenry. The Electoral Collage could check on an electorate that might be duped. The founders also believed that that the Electoral Collage had the advantage of being a group that met only once and thus could not be manipulated over time ...
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