Have you ever thought about being president? If so, you have much to think and learn about. Within this essay, you will learn about different variables you need to become a president, and how hard it really is. Facts like, “I will change this country,” won’t get you anywhere. You need to have experience, knowledge, and be thinking about the future.
To start with, you have to be within the strict requirements. One requirement is that you have to be at least thirty-five years old to run. Nobody wants a five year old running for president. Another requirement is you have to be born in the United States of America. Even if you were born in the United Kingdom, lived there for a month, and moved to the United States and lived there the rest of your life, you still can’t run. The last requirement is that you have to have lived in the United States for at least fourteen years. This prevents a five year old becoming president, but it goes the same way for this: If you were born in the United States, lived there for two years, moved to the United Kingdom, moved back to the United States, live there for five years, then decide to become president, you can’t, because you have to have lived in the United States for fourteen years.
Next, there are the Conventions, in which members of the convention vote for who they want to become president in their political party. Barack Obama is a Democrat, and Mitt Romney is a Republican, therefore the people in the conventions voted them to be the main candidates. This year, Obama is running again, so he is automatically a main candidate, but Romney had to go through the steps of becoming one. Conventions are meets that are held every four years, the summer before the new president is elected. The convention is not the first vote; it’s the second vote, in which the people attending these meets will convey. Here, the elected candidates announce their Vice Presidents, which is important for people to know, voting wise. If someone likes the candidate, but disliked the Vice President’s idea for the country, that could end up changing their vote, because technically, if something happens to the president, the job gets handed over right away to the Vice President, and the kingdom is theirs to run.
The next step is the election. Every four years the election is held on a different date. This election, is on November 6, 2012. The election is the time for citizens of the United States to vote for the candidate of their choice to become president. As you see, it all comes together.
Lastly, is the electoral college. This stage is not a college; it’s the way presidents are elected fairly. As you see, it would not be fair for presidents to be voted based off the popular vote. All votes get counted for your state, and that state’s electoral voter, who represents a candidate. It would not be fair this way, because some states have bigger populations, so there would be too many. In the United States, there are about 538 electoral votes. That means that there are 538 electoral voters in the United States. When each electoral voter votes, this means a lot because these votes are immediately counted. Each candidate must have at least 270 electoral votes to become president. If they don’t have that many, there is a recount, just to be sure. This event takes place the second Wednesday of December.
Now what are you thinking? Still want to be president? As you see, this is a hard task to accomplish. This means you have to go through the five steps listed, plus more. If you are thinking about being president, think again. Think about what YOU have to do. It’s a lot to do, but if you believe you’re up for it, go for it.