2018 Zamastan presidential election
Majority votes needed to win
|Turnout||86.82% ( 2.21%)|
The 2018 Zamastan presidential election, held on Saturday, 22 September 2018, was the upper ring of the 2018 Zamastan general election, and was the 108th general election and the 111th presidential election. Voters re-elected incumbent President Zacharias Castovia to a second term with 200 electoral votes to Senator Adam Wolffe's 128 and Governor Noah Altonbaire's 31. The nominating process took place in an indirect election, where voters casted ballots selecting a slate of delegates to a political party's nominating convention, who then in turn elected their party's presidential nominee. The election began at 11:59 PM on Friday, 21 September 2018, and concluded at 7:30 PM, 22 September 2018, with the winner being announced at 8:30 PM.
The Constitution of Zamastan gives the qualifications for holding the presidency. To serve as President, one must:
- be a natural-born citizen of Zamastan
- be at least 18 years old
- have not been convicted of a felony
- have not served any political office in any other nation/sovereign land aside Zamastan
- have not been impeached from any political office
- have not sworn a pledge to the state of Zamastan and subsequently rebelled against the state
Campaigns and nominations
The modern presidential campaign begins before the primary elections, which the five major political parties use to clear the field of candidates before their national nominating conventions, where the most successful candidate is made the party's nominee for president. Several nominees, however, have chosen to run aside from political parties. This choice generally makes running for office more difficult for getting exposure, as the political parties' prominence allows for wider name-recognition. This is why most independent nominees tend to be celebrities or household names.
Nominees participate in nationally televised debates. Nominees campaign across the country to explain their views, convince voters and solicit contributions. Much of the modern electoral process is concerned with winning swing states through frequent visits and mass media advertising drives.
The president is elected indirectly by the voters of each district through popular election on Election Day (September 22nd on every even-ended year). When each of the 359 districts counts the ballots, whichever candidate has the most votes receives that district's vote. The winner of the election is which ever has the majority of the 359. For example, Marvin Gaviria won his third term in 1950 with 348 votes to 11. In the closest ever election in Zamastanian presidential history, Aiden Avery won the 1980 election against Larry Pattis with 179 votes to Pattis' 175. The remaining 5 district votes went 3 to Wren Ebbets and 2 to Karen Gillebrand.
Voting polls open at 11:59 PM on September 21st and last 17 hours until 5:00 PM on September 22nd. The counting of votes closes around 7:00 PM, which is also when the victor is announced.
Nominations and Candidates