Every four years, America holds an election to choose a president. This is one of our country’s most important votes, but it is not the only one. Elections are held at the city, state, and national levels, and their results can impact American lives more than presidential elections.
Cities vote for their own officials. States vote for their own governors and lawmakers, and this can happen at different times all across the country. They also participate in national elections, when members of Congress are elected for each state. Members of Congress are elected on the same day as the president, every four years.
Each state has its own rules for elections. Generally, states have primaries to choose candidates, who then face off in a general election.