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In US, indirect elections are held for the position of President and Vice President of the United States. In this, voters cast ballots for electors of the U.S. Electoral College who directly elect the president and the Vice President of the United States. These elections occur once in four years which is on the Election Day between 2 and 8 November. It mostly occurs on the same days with the other general elections of states, federal and local races.
In the US, the last elections were held on November 4, 2008 and the fourth coming elections are on November 6, 2012. The election process is a combination of state laws and federal. Among other states, Washington D.C is handed many electors which is almost equal to the number of the smallest state. The U.S territories are not a part of the Electoral College. Every state is assigned a number of Electoral College electors which is equal to the number of Senators and Representatives in the U.S Congress.
According to the U.S. Constitution, every state legislature is given an option to designate a way of selecting electors. Therefore, the Election Day is not conducted directly by the federal government; it is rather done by different states. Once the electors are selected they can vote for anyone. In cases of exceptions like faithless elector or unpledged elector, they cast a vote for a candidate of their choice and these votes are certified by the Congress in January. The Congress then decides and makes a final judgment.
The process of nomination which includes the nominating conventions and the primary elections were not mentioned in the Constitution. They were rather initiated by political parties and the states.