In the United States, officials are elected at the federal, state and local levels. The first two articles of the Constitution, as well as various amendments, establish how federal elections are to be held. The President is elected indirectly, by electors of an electoral college. Members of the electoral college nearly always vote along the lines of the popular vote of their respective states. Members of Congress are directly elected. At the state level, state law establishes most aspects of how elections are held. There are many elected offices at the state level, including a governor and state legislature. There are also elected offices at the local level.
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