A United States presidential election is coming up. On Tuesday, November 3, voters will go to the polls. Some people will vote by mail even sooner. Whom will they pick to lead the country for the next four years?
There are two main candidates for president of the United States. One is Donald Trump. He is the current U.S. president. The other is Joe Biden. He hopes to become the nation’s 46th president.JIM WATSON—AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Donald Trump belongs to the Republican party. He won the presidential election in 2016. He is the 45th U.S. president. Trump wants to be reelected. He hopes to serve a second term in the White House.SPENCER PLATT—GETTY IMAGES
Joe Biden belongs to the Democratic party. He was vice president. He served for eight years. He worked with President Barack Obama. That was from 2009 to 2017. Now Biden wants to take on the country’s top job.SCOTT OLSON—GETTY IMAGES
On the Campaign Trail
Both Trump and Biden are meeting with voters. They are giving speeches. Each is trying to win votes. During most presidential campaigns, candidates campaign in person. This year is different. That’s because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Large campaign events have happened online. There have been smaller events in person. The Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention were held remotely .SPENCER PLATT—GETTY IMAGES
Americans must be 18 years old to vote. But everyone should pay attention to the election. That includes you!
campaign: a series of actions to meet a goal; a series of actions that a candidate takes in order to win an election
candidate: a person who is running for office
convention: a big meeting at which people from a political party pick their candidates for office
front-runner: a candidate who is in the lead
nominee: a person chosen by a political party to be its candidate
political party: an organized group of voters with similar ideas and goals for a country and its government
polls: surveys of groups; places where people vote