I’m Australian so know very little about the US election process, but why does it take so long to vote for a new president. Election are drawn out affairs in Australia too but don’t go on for that long and everyone is so glad when its all over and not on the front page of the paper every day. It must cost billions of dollars as well – does it need to be that long and drawn out?
So how long is the election season then? It seems like its been going on for the whole year.

and i thought 6 weeks for australias federal election last year was too long.

i think its partly because their politics is different though ie over here we have a leader of a party that is chosen by the party. then when the party runs in the election whoever the current leader is is the person that goes for PM.

over there theyre members of a party but the party doesnt choose a leader they choose who theyll endorse and then they get registered members to choose that so they have a long drawn out primaries process. then a huge long drawn out presidential campaign

 

8 Responses to “Why is the US election process such a drawn out ordeal?”

  1. William F says:

    It is so people will acctually think they have a choice. When they really dont.
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  2. Liberal AssKicker says:

    Blame Hillary.

    She made a public announcement on her own web site back in 2003 that she was forming an exploratory committee to run for president 5 years later.
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  3. Dina W says:

    Because they start campaigning earlier and earlier each year…

    It is exhausting…

    Kinda like how retail stores now sell Christmas items in August.
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  4. eelfins says:

    The media does it not only for ratings but to push their chosen candidate into rock-star status.
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  5. Vote Satan 08 says:

    It just seems that way because all of the popular people are talking about it. You can’t count sitting around with your friends and trashing the President as part of the election process.
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  6. busybaker says:

    It is an American tradition. The election season used to be a bit shorter but thanks to modern technology they’ve expanded.

    What’s interesting is politicians used to be able to dovetail their speeches for different regions. Communication was difficult so people did not realize how the speeches changed upon locality.

    Today, we have modern communication and transportation so the election season drags along.

    Any way we love the political fray and it only happens once every four years.

    busybaker
    retired political affairs reporter
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  7. smartybeardo says:

    What do you mean?

    The hatchling nation hasn’t finished regurgitating undigested garbage about Obama yet.

    Oh, that’s right, they never will stop. They are hatchling. They must regurgitate what is fed to them through the void between their ears.
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  8. otto2294 says:

    and i thought 6 weeks for australias federal election last year was too long.

    i think its partly because their politics is different though ie over here we have a leader of a party that is chosen by the party. then when the party runs in the election whoever the current leader is is the person that goes for PM.

    over there theyre members of a party but the party doesnt choose a leader they choose who theyll endorse and then they get registered members to choose that so they have a long drawn out primaries process. then a huge long drawn out presidential campaign
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