election FAQ

Elections in the United States: 2018 General Elections


On November 6, United States (U.S.) citizens will go to the polls to elect all 435 members of the House of Representatives, 35 members of the Senate and a number of state and local representatives. Two federal bodies regulate and support states in their elections: the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The FEC regulates campaign finance, and the EAC oversees state compliance with Help America Vote Act funds and provides guidance and accreditation to states.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in the United States: 2018 General Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • What is the U.S.’s electoral system?
  • How are election management bodies strengthening their technology and procedures to increase security and counter interference?
  • What provisions are in place to guarantee equal access to the electoral process for persons with disabilities?
  • Is out-of-country voting allowed?