An election is a decision making process where people choose people to hold official offices. This is the usual mechanism by which modern democracy fills offices in the legislature, and sometimes in the executive and judiciary, and in regional and local government. This is also typically the case in a wide range of other private and business organizations, from clubs to voluntary associations and corporations.
The universal acceptance of elections as a tool for selecting representatives in modern democracies is in sharp contrast with the practice in the democratic archetype, ancient Athens, where elections were considered an oligarchic institution and where most political offices were filled using sortition, also known as allotment.
Electoral reform describes the process of introducing fair electoral systems where they are not in place, or improving the fairness or effectiveness of existing systems. Psephology is the study of results and other statistics relating to elections (especially with a view to predicting future results).
The above is a very dry explanation of ‘election’ from the Wiki. But we’re talking about a presidential election in the good old USA! Let the mudslinging begin.
Djehuty over at Generation Cobweb is building very nice page with all the candidates and links to information about them. I recommend everyone study all the candidates and issues before making a decision on any presidential hopeful.
This Presidential election is unique and important in many different ways. For the first time in history there is a black candidate and a female candidate who both have a realistic chance of being elected President. The issues facing this country are grim, the war in Iraq, illegal immigration, a spiraling national debt and basic civil rights. At the Freedom Exchange we will keep you informed of the issues leading up to this national election.