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Anyone who meets some basic criteria, which varies from position to position, but basically boils down to proof of citizenship and lack of seriously criminal record, can run for office in America.  Parties don't decide who can run.  They are free to choose which campaigns to aid.  That's about it.  Of course, party backing is very helpful.  But I know people who run as democrats but refuse money from party organizations.

Most elections are like the Presidential election.  First, you have to collect a certain number of signatures to get on the ballot.  Those signatures have to be from people who live in the place you are running to represent.  Then you get on a Primary ballot, and voters go to the polls and vote for a nominee.  Any who is registered to vote can vote in the Primary, but in most cases, you can only vote in the Primary of one Party (so you can't choose who will represent your opposition.)  After the Primary elections are held and the nominations are official, the nominees run in a general election.  This is the case for almost all elections, at all levels of government.  But it varies from state to state.  Some states or offices have non-partisan elections, which means you run on your credentials, etc. and not party affiliation.


"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:07:46 PM EST
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