The most powerful nation on earth is about to elect a new leader, with the impact felt across the globe. So how does the election work and how did we end up with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the main candidates?
When the US picks its president, it is not only choosing a head of state but a head of government and a commander-in-chief of the largest military on the planet.
It’s a big responsibility. So how does the process work?
Technically, to run for president, you only need to be “a natural born” US citizen, at least 35 years old, and have been a resident for 14 years.
Nearly every president since 1933 has been a governor, senator, or five-star military general. And that’s before you even consider getting a party nomination and securing national media attention.
In this 2016 election, at one stage there were 10 governors or former governors and 10 who are or were senators, although many have since dropped out.
The Republican and Democratic parties nominate one person each to represent them in the election.