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The Political Process and the Individual: Voting


Presidential - Every Four Years  (Next 2020) Official holds office for a four year term.

Senate - Every Two Years (Next 2018) Officials hold office for six year terms.

House of Representatives -  Every Two Years (Next 2018)  Officials hold office for two year terms.

Gubernatorial - Yearly  Governors hold office for four year terms.

State & Local - Yearly   Varies by city, county, or state.

Political Records

  • Congress
    • The Congressional Record
      • Dating from 1995 to the present, "each day that Congress is in session, the proceedings are printed in the Congressional Record (CR) and available the following morning. Daily Congressional proceedings may include legislative activity by the chambers and their committees, Member remarks, communications from the president, and more."

    • Roll Call Votes

      • "House floor votes are compiled through the electronic voting machine by the House Tally Clerks under the direction of the Clerk of the House. Senate floor votes are compiled through the Senate Legislative Information System by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate."

  • - Voting and Registration Data


Registering to Vote


You can vote in U.S. Elections if you meet the following:

1. Are a U.S. Citizen.

2. Meet your state's residency requirements.

3. Are 18 or older before election day.

4. Register by your state's deadline.

Visit to find how to register for your state!

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