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A History of the U.S. Political System: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions - Richard A. Harris and Daniel J. Tichenor
Call Number: REF JK31 .H57 2010 (3 vols.)
ISBN: 1851097139
Publication Date: 2010

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Datapedia of the United States: American History in Numbers (4th ed.) - George Thomas Kurian and Barbara A. Chernow
Call Number: REF HA202 .K87 2007
ISBN: 1598880837
Publication Date: 2007
Inlcudes information on politics and elections.

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Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections - Larry J. Sabato and Howard R. Ernst
Call Number: REF JK2261 .S218 2006
ISBN: 081605875X
Publication Date: 2006

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Presidential Elections 1789-2004 - CQ Press Staff
Call Number: JK524 .P6783 2005
ISBN: 1568029837
Publication Date: 2005

Historical Documents on Presidential Elections, 1787-1988 - Edited By: Michael Nelson
Call Number: JK1965 .H56 1991
ISBN: 0871876078
Publication Date: 1991


Presidential Election Process

Follow this link to learn the basics about the presidential election process, including the electoral college, caucuses and primaries.

Constitutional Foundation

The Office of the President was established by the Constitution of the United States, and in particular its Article II.  Since the Constitution was ratified by the states in 1787 and 1788, there have been a total of twenty-seven amendments to the document, many of which have to do, wholly or in part, with the Office of the President, election to that office, and the right to vote, including:

Amendment 12 -- Election of President and Vice President

Amendment 14 -- Citizenship Rights, Equal Protection, Apportionment, Civil War Debt

Amendment 15 -- Right to Vote Not Denied by Race

Amendment 19 -- Women's Right to Vote

Amendment 20 -- Presidential Term and Succession, Assembly of Congress

Amendment 22 -- Two Term Limit on Presidency

Amendment 23 -- Presidential Vote for D.C.

Amendment 24 -- Abolition of Poll Taxes

Amendment 25 -- Presidential Disability and Succession

Amendment 26 -- Right to Vote at 18

Links above to:  The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Constitution Center


    The Presidency

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    Guide to U. S. Elections, 7th ed. (2 vols.) - Edited By: Deborah S. Kalb
    Call Number: Available online through ebrary
    ISBN: 9781483380353
    Publication Date: 2016

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    The American Political Party System: Continuity and Change Over Ten Presidental Elections - John S. Jackson
    Call Number: Available online through Ebrary Academic Complete
    ISBN: 9780815726388
    Publication Date: 2014

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    Vital Statistics on the Presidency: George Washington to George W. Bush (3rd ed.) - Lyn Ragsdale
    Call Number: JK518 .R34 2009
    ISBN: 9780872895294
    Publication Date: 2008

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    Guide to the Presidency (4th ed.) - Michael Nelson
    Call Number: JK516 .G83 2008 (2 vols.)
    ISBN: 9780872893627
    Publication Date: 2007


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