240 years ago, barely a month before the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, delegates to the Philadelphia Convention assigned the Council of Eleven with the task of formulating a mechanism for the election of the President of the United States of America.

The eleven men of the council had to devise a system that will at once protect the rights of the smallest states and defend against the influence of foreign governments while still adhering to the will of the majority. It was a difficult task, but the Council of Eleven managed to create a multi-tiered voting system called the College of Electors, modeled after the Centuriate Assembly of the ancient Roman Republic.

On November 8, 2016, the United States will use the almost two-and-a-half century-old Electoral College system for the 56th time to elect its 45th President. The newly elected president will be sworn in on January 20, 2017, which will also be President Barack Obama's last day in office.

How will the president be elected? Basically, a presidential candidate needs to win at least the majority, or 270, of the 538 Electoral College votes to be elected president.

The Electors of the Electoral College are distributed proportionally to every state and Washington D.C., equaling the number of its delegation to the U.S Senate and House of Representatives (Article 2, Clause 2, U.S. Constitution).

The Electoral College votes of each state are pledged in whole to the presidential candidate with the most votes in their respective states during the general election – with the exception of Nebraska and Maine, which distribute votes proportionally by Congressional districts.

Apart from the politically unaffiliated George Washington, the first president, all subsequent American presidents were members of the Federalist (1), Whig (4), Democratic-Republican (4), Democratic (15) and Republican (18) parties. After the demise of the first three parties, the Democratic and Republican parties have dominated every presidential election from 1853 to now – and it will be no different in this election cycle.

The Democratic Party will officially pick its nominees for president and vice-president at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 25, 2016 based on the results of 70 primaries, caucuses, conventions and state central committee meetings held between February 1, 2016 and June 18, 2016.

The Republican Party, meanwhile, will announce its presidential and vice-presidential nominees at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2015. The GOP’s selection will be based on the results of 66 primaries, caucuses, conventions and state central committee meetings held between February 1, 2016 and June 18, 2016.

The nominees of the big two are not the only contenders though. Other notable presidential candidates include former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) and Jill Stein (Green Party). There are also, as of April 2016, another 3,778 other candidates who have registered their candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

The 2016 presidential election will ultimately end up as the costliest in history. A few analysts have predicted that direct campaign spending for the primaries and general election will ultimately cross the $5 billion mark, eclipsing even the 2012 contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.





 Declared Presidential Candidates 
     
  List of Presidential Candidates Candidates ordered randomly
  Candidates ordered alphabetically
  Candidates ordered by age

 
2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur
2016 Republican Candidate  Esteban Oliverez
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Esteban Oliverez seeks to emulate what he considers the wiser aspects of both Republican and Democratic doctrine while discarding the nonsense, but he generally comes down on the political left. Nevertheless, many centrists may feel an attraction to his policies, which avoid straying far to either side of the spectrum.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Veteran and Spiritual Visionary
2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Joy Waymire
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
Joy Waymire is a Godly woman who believes the Lord has shown her the way, even to the point of healing a slew of incurable medical conditions from which she once suffered. Politically, she is a straight-laced Libertarian, calling for little government and maximum personal freedom.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Whistle Blower
2016 Democratic Candidate  Jeff Boss
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Fairly mundane liberal politics with a few conservative leanings are couched in a superlatively suspicious mind in Jeff Boss. He believes that the NSA is bugging his phone and trying to poison him in an effort to cover up the truth about 9/11, but Democrats would find little extreme about most of his policy standings.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Author
Republican Presidential Candidate 2016 Andy Martin
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
On the surface, Andy Martin is a pretty straightforward conservative with little standing out about him. He's got a colorful past, though, filled with vexatious litigation and accusations of being an anti-semite. He has sued the State of Hawaii for the release of Barack Obama's birth certificate.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Bus Driver
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016 Benjamin Weigel
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Benjamin Weigel is a Marine who saw action in Iraq, and retired from service due to his injuries. He remains strongly pro-military and believes the nation would be best served by a President who has served – which, he notes, most of Congress has not done. He is a right-of-center candidate.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Computer Science and Political Studies expert
Independent Presidential Candidate Tami Stainfield
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
After living in nine different states, visiting twenty-nine countries all over the world, and living and studying in Africa for more than five years, the independent candidate Tami Stainfield is definitely an Anti-Globalist who has traveled the globe.

2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Counselor and founder of the Alaska Constitution Party
Constitution Party Candidate 2016 J.R. Myers
  Declared 2016 Constitution Party Candidate
Though born in Montana, J.R. Myers considers Alaska his home, and even sought the governorship of that state before now going for the big chair of President of the United States. He's also chasing two party nominations for the latter goal. He's a conservative fellow and a man of faith, without much for leftists.

2016 Veterans Party of America Presidential Candidate
Aircraft Maintenance Professional
Veterans Party of America Presidential Candidate Chris Keniston
  Declared 2016 Veterans Party of America Candidate
Chris Keniston is a former military man, the third in a line of military service members in his bloodline dating back to his grandfather. His primary focus is on the creation of jobs, and his proposals for accomplishing this concern encouraging business and reforming the existing tax code – including by repeal of the 16th Amendment.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Music Lover
Independent Candidate 2016 Brian Briggs
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Brian Briggs fancies himself the “average guy” that America needs as President. An Independent, he is beholden to neither major party, and his platform borrows from both. He's on the right side of the spectrum on gun control and his feelings towards Obamacare, but he has leftist attitudes on workers' rights.

2016 Humane Party Presidential Candidate
Humane Party Nominee
Humane Party Presidential Candidate Clifton Roberts
  Declared 2016 Humane Party Candidate
Representing the Humane party, Clifton Roberts is all about animal rights. He himself is a vegan, and believes in banning the slaughter of animals for food. He also supports sustainable energy, environmental protection policies, and an end to the death penalty, among other left-wing initiatives.

2016 Constitutionist Party Presidential Candidate
Middle Class Citizen
2016 Constitutionist Party Presidential Candidate James
  Declared 2016 Constitutionist Party Candidate
The Constitutionist Party's candidate doesn't offer much on his qualifications, be they academic or professional. But as his party's name implies, he's big on upholding the Constitution, which to him means limiting the power and scope of the federal government and respecting foreign nations to handle their own governmental affairs.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman, television personality and author
Republican Candidate 2016 Donald Trump
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
A billionaire real estate tycoon, reality TV star and now, presidential candidate, the larger-than-life Donald Trump is shaking American politics to its very core with his no-holds-barred approach to politics. The wildcard is now the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Veteran and Electrical Servicing Business Owner
Independent Presidential Candidate Art Drew
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Art Drew is a Vietnam veteran who has owned his own business. He's also from a rural farming area, where he learned hard work and an appreciation for people who cultivate the land. His policies are non-extreme, and find their most comfortable reception in the political center.

2016 Transhumanist Party Presidential Candidate
Futurist, philosopher, speaker and journalist
2016 Transhumanist Party Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan
  Declared 2016 Transhumanist Party Candidate
It's all about technology for Transhumanist Party founder and presidential nominee Zoltan Istvan. His main priority is the allocation of funding for research scientists to develop augmentations for the human body that will destroy disease, enhance natural senses, and even conquer the specter of death.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Executive Director – Bonpasse Exoneration Services
Democratic Candidate 2016 Morrison Bonpasse
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
A trained legal expert with deep concerns about the American prison system, Bonpasse runs a nonprofit organization that seeks to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. He's also globally-minded, putting humanity first in a way not often seen in prospective American presidents.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur
Democratic Candidate 2016 Roque de La Fuente
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Rocky De La Fuente is a born businessman who has owned firms in a number of industries throughout his life. He is running for the Democratic nomination, but his positions on issues such as the economy, energy independence, and military readiness would find welcome in some of the nation's most conservative quarters.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Chicago businessman, philanthropist and recording artist
Democratic Candidate 2016 Willie Wilson
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Willie Wilson is a classic rags-to-riches American success story. The poor Louisiana boy who fled conditions he considered to be virtual slavery and once worked as a janitor for $2 an hour eventually came to own the stores he used to mop. Now, a self-made man, he brings a liberal voice to the presidential race.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
BBC's World Historic Figure for Anti-GMO Activism
Democratic Candidate 2016 Andy Caffrey
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
A strong environmentalist and advocate against genetically modified organisms, Andy Caffrey is the first Democratic candidate to run on a platform of truly green politics. He is an accomplished and passionate man with campaign experience, and has turned his focus to the White House.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Insurance Manager
2016 Independent Presidential Candidate Daniel Zutler
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Daniel Zutler is not optimistic about the structure of the United States – he believes we live under a system that is irrevocably broken, impossible of repair. As such, he calls for starting over completely, based on the Constitution as it was originally written and intended. Most of his policies come down right-of-center.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Information Manager
2016 Democratic Candidate  Brad Winslow
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Brad Winslow believes the federal government is a business owned by the American people – a business whose managers are insufficiently accountable to their bosses. He reveals few of his policy ideas, but he's passionate about one goal: The “Public House Amendment” to the constitution.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
The Real Grandmaster Jay
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016 John Fitzgerald Johnson
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
John Fitzgerald Johnson, also known as “The Real Grandmaster Jay” to fans of his musical work, is a civil rights activist with strong feelings on addressing police brutality. Politically left of center, he's also an advocate of woman's rights and greatly sympathizes with the plight of illegal immigrants.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Ohio
Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
The sitting Governor of Ohio has enjoyed stunning political success over his life, and he's hoping to ride it all the way to the White House in 2016. His incomplete rejection of Obamacare has put him on the outs with the Tea Party, but other Republicans are likely to back his strong conservative policies.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Anti-Virus Pioneer and Privacy Advocate
2016 Libertarian Candidate  John McAfee
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
John McAfee has a questionable legal past marked by a murder investigation, but his professional contributions command respect. He developed the first commercial anti-virus software for computers, building a successful company on his accomplishment. He is running for president on a platform that emphasizes technology and privacy.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Veteran and former Gymnast
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016 Terry W. Wheelock
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Terry Wheelock is a former competitive gymnast who believes he's got the moves to be the next president. He's his own candidate, running on a platform that fits on neither the left nor right side of the political spectrum – instead, he borrows ideas from each.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Common-Sense Leader
Republican Presidential Candidate 2016 Jefferson Sherman
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
He'd rather talk about America's problems and their solutions than talk about himself, but he's got a lot to say. Jefferson Sherman has three “core goals” for his administration, should it come to pass, focusing on job creation, honorable foreign policy, and reduced government.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Senior Scientist
Democratic Candidate 2016 Harry Braun
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Deeply concerned about environmental disaster, Harry Braun looks to the construction of arcologies for shelter from the coming chaos. He also worries about bribery and corruption in government, and seeks a Constitutional Convention to pass an amendment giving direct control to the American people.

2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate
Physician, Reformer, Environmental Activist
Green Party Candidate 2016 Jill Stein
  Declared 2016 Green Party Candidate
Jill Stein is no stranger to national politics. As the Green Party nominee in 2012, she understands the rigors of a national campaign. Stein is a fierce advocate for the environment and believes that investments in green issues can propel the American people and economy forward.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Author, Publisher, and Radio/TV host; Libertarian Activist
2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Darryl Perry
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
The 36-year old author, publisher, and radio/TV host already has more than 15 years of political activity behind him. Perry is a textbook libertarian, advocating drastic reduction of the powers of the Federal Government, while granting more power to the individual.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Middle-Class Working Person
2016 Independent Presidential Candidate Perry Morcom
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Perry Morcom is no fan of the Electoral College; the Texas working man wants it eliminated, and the President chosen strictly by popular vote. He's also against congressmen and Senators serving more than eight years in office. Driven by compassion, he wants to help rather than deport illegal immigrants.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Educator and Man Of Faith
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016 Mark Pendleton
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Mark Pendelton is a man of the people and a person of great faith. He has stumbled and made common mistakes, and that gives him the ability to connect with ordinary Americans. His mantra is “give me one term and I will put the government back in the hands of the people.”

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Attorney
2016 Democratic Candidate  Lloyd Kelso
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Born to poverty, Kelso is no stranger to hard work. He believes the middle class has been disenfranchised in modern America, and feels it's important to rectify that by lowering or eliminating taxes on the less fortunate. Socially, however, he sojourns to the right on foreign policy and Second Amendment issues.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former combat pilot and current airline captain
Republican Candidate 2016 Chris Hill
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Chris Hill is a combat veteran who served as a pilot during Desert Storm. Although he is running on the Republican ticket, some of his leanings are at odds with those of the GOP, including his “Living Wage” plan and his support for labor unions and recognition of gay marriages.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, innovator, limited government advocate
2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Brian Russell
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Brian Russell is a successful entrepreneur who believes that implementing sound economic policy should be the government’s top priority. He also supports a strong military and foreign policy that presents the USA as the true leader in the free world.

2016 America's Third Party Presidential Candidate
Intellectually Gifted Entrepreneur
2016 America's Third Party Presidential Candidate David Jon Sponheim
 
It's easy to think of incidents in American history that may have turned out better had the President at the time enjoyed an IQ score of 185, and that's just what David Sponheim brings to the table. Disillusioned with Democrats with whom he identified for decades, he's started his own party – and he has some big ideas.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Software Engineer
Independent Presidential Candidate David Boarman
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
David Boarman has always believed in the Christian God – he just never acted like it until the age of 44, when a personal crisis brought on an intense devotion to his faith. Today, he's running for President because he's convinced that's what Gods wants him to do. He's a right-wing candidate with a strong emphasis on religious freedom.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and veteran
Republican Candidate 2016 Michael Petyo
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
A “business first” fiscal conservative with a very optimistic view of the role played by corporations in generating wealth, Michael Petyo is himself a business owner who feels the United States has lost its way economically and that relaxed regulation on the private sector is the solution.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Hillary Clintons’ entry into the 2016 election was never in doubt. Her defeat to President Obama in the 2008 nomination process is a distant memory now, but her subsequent gracious and powerful endorsement speech lingers in the minds of many. With extensive frontline and behind-the-scenes political experience under her belt, Secretary Clinton has emerged as the Democratic and national frontrunner in the race.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Creative Dreamer
2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Michael Bickelmeyer
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
An eccentric fellow who enjoys coming up with some very creative inventions, Bickelmeyer is running for the GOP nomination in 2016. He has a very dim view of terrorists and drug traffickers – in fact, he wants to deploy weapons to fry them from orbit.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Business-owner and Veterans Advocate
2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Jim Hayden
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Not content to sit idly by while the nation slips further away from our founding documents, Jim Hayden has announced his candidacy for President. This self-described “constitutional conservative” is making his second run for the presidency following an unsuccessful bid in 2012.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Management and Market Research
2016 Independent Candidate  Ed Baker
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Dissatisfied with the job done by entrenched career politicians from both parties, Ed Baker has bold ideas to resolve a variety of issues including crime, spending and immigration. Conservatives, independents and progressives can all find common ground with at least one of Bakers positions.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Actor and Business Owner
Libertarian Candidate 2016 Cecil Ince
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
An actor who makes his living pretending to be other people, Cecil Ince's desire to be President is very real. He's a Libertarian who frowns on encroachments upon personal liberty, and worries that the United States is taking an unhealthy globalist attitude in world affairs.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and volunteer spokesperson with Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT)
Republican Presidential Candidate 2016 Kerry Bowers
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
A former military man with a long career in the United States Air Force, Kerry Bowers has experience not only in the armed forces but as a police dispatcher, businessman, and in many other fields.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and Pastor
Republican Presidential Candidate K. Ross Newland
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
It's hard to disagree with what K. Ross Newland wants to do as President – there's so darn little of it. He believes in limited government that leads by influence rather than mandate, while his strong Christian faith brings him to call for generous tithing that would allow churches to practice large-scale charity.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Conservative Christian and 2012 presidential candidate
Independent Candidate 2016 David Holcomb
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Residing in Springfield Nebraska, David is a lawyer who specializes in family law. Holcomb describes himself as conservative, Christian, pro-life, and pro-Second Amendment. His presidential run as an independent didn't gain much traction in 2012.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of New Mexico
Libertarian Presidential Candidate 2016 Gary Johnson
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
The ex-construction company owner governed New Mexico for eight years, during which time, the state’s deficit was wiped out - without the aid of any new tax increases. He also memorably vetoed over 750 pieces of legislations to keep a check on the state government’s spending.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Ordained Bishop and God-First Man of Faith
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016 Bishop Julian Lewis, Jr.
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Having spent most of his life in the service of God, Julian Lewis, Jr places his faith before all else. He believes that the will of God can and does inform a leader's policy decisions, and he has even spoken unfavorably about the separation of Church and State.

2016 Reform Party Presidential Candidate
Management consultant and semi-retired professional engineer
2016 Reform Party Presidential Candidate Ken Cross
  Declared 2016 Reform Party Candidate
A member of the Reform party and fiscal conservative, Kenneth Cross confidently asserts that he has been studying politics throughout his entire life. He is a trained engineer, who presently works as a management consultant, and has owned three different small businesses.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former college football coach and 2012 presidential candidate
Democratic Candidate 2016 Robby Wells
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
The former football coach turned public servant is a moderate libertarian seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016. Wells has made it clear that he isn’t afraid to call out politicians on both sides of the aisle. He finished third for the Constitution Party’s nomination in 2012.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Water Treatment Operator (Retired)
Republican Presidential Candidate 2016 James C. Mitchell, Jr.
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Jim Mitchell, Jr is a pro-life, pro-gun rights conservative from Illinois. He's got a bone to pick with crime, and his methods are as novel as they are aggressive: mandatory military service for young people to starve off gang recruitment, and free government-distributed narcotics to collapse the illegal drug trade.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Small-business owner, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent
Democratic Presidential Candidate 2016 Willie Carter
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
This retired USAF member and father of nine definitely brings something different to the table. Carter is in his eighth consecutive run for the Presidency, which he entered because he was “commanded of the Lord to enter the race to become President of the United States of America”.

2016 Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate
Community Organizer
Socialist Party USA Candidate 2016 Dean Capone
  Declared 2016 Socialist Party USA Candidate
Dean Capone doesn't share much about his personal history, but he's vocal on his political beliefs. A proud Socialist, he calls for a Universal Basic Income, a strongly unionized workforce, and the nationalization of the penal system. He says that socialism is more popular than many people realize.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Constitutional Republican and strong conservative
Republican Candidate 2016 John Dummett, Jr.
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Hailing from the state of California, John Dummet, Jr is a Constitutional Republican who has become disenfranchised with both the Republican and Democratic parties.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Licensed Physician
Libertarian Candidate 2016 Marc Feldman
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
A minor candidate without a large financial backing, Marc Allan Feldman questions the prevailing wisdom that deep pockets are a prerequisite to victory in politics, contending that “votes are not for sale”. He is a Libertarian and opposes the fiscal policies of both major parties.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Attorney, Community Leader, Advocate for the Elderly and Disabled
Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Steinberg
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Michael Steinberg has built a career advocating for those left behind. He has entered the race for President to bring attention to the issues that are not being addressed and to advocate for those forgotten in Washington, especially the elderly, the disabled and our Veterans.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Owner of Stonegait LLC
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
From the farms of Missouri, Austin Petersen has risen to own and manage his own media company. His policies are solidly Libertarian, and he is even preparing for the formation of a “transitional government” to facilitate the switch to a more constitutionally-founded United States.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, human rights activist
2016 Independent Presidential Candidate Paul Chehade
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
The Delaware-born Chehade is an idealist. A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Chehade is also the chairman of the non-profit organization Solidary Foundation, which is dedicated towards providing food, education and other critical support services to needy communities the world over.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Lead Minister of Saint Valentine's Christian Church
Independent Presidential Candidate Martin Hahn
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
If you ask Martin Hahn, Republicans and Democrats are too concerned with battling each other to busy themselves with getting the people's work done.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Engineer and perennial candidate
Republican Presidential Candidate 2016 Jack Fellure
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
A stubborn refusal to say “die” is one of the hallmarks of Jack Fellure, who's been running for President every four years since 1988. He's a dauntlessly religious man and a rock-solid conservative, advocating alcohol prohibition and the criminalization of homosexuality, among other right-wing positions.

2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Ordained Minister
2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Scott Copeland
  Declared 2016 Constitution Party Candidate
An ordained minister and member of the religious Constitution party, Scott Copeland puts God first and believes that Judeo-Christian values are the foundation of the US. He's totally unambiguous, and it's easy to see both the sort of people who will support him, and those by whom he will be opposed.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
CIA and U.S. Envoy with G4 Classification
Democratic Presidential Candidate Doug Shreffler
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Doug Shreffler is not a career politician but a man of optimism with a goal of cross-party unification. His distinctive perspective was born from his lifelong service to our country in foreign affairs with the CIA and as a US envoy with G4 Classification.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Author and CEO
2016 Libertarian Candidate  Steve Kerbel
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
No fan of either the Republican or Democrat parties, Steve Kerbel holds to a defiantly Libertarian platform. He believes in personal freedom and accountability, with the absolute minimum of government necessary to keep the nation running. Kerbel is a pro-business candidate.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Citizen, entrepreneur, advocate for equal treatment for all
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016 Samm Tittle
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Samm Tittle is an advocate for everything that made America great. As an experienced entrepreneur, Tittle understands that when given a job and an equal playing field, an individual can achieve great things. As a citizen politician, she believes in truth in government and equal rights for all.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Pastor
2016 Republican Candidate  George Bailey
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
George Bailey has spent much of his life preaching the gospel, but he's had a rich and successful career outside the ministry as well. He's a solid conservative pretty much across the board. Bailey is unfortunately saddled with a number of health problems, but he doesn't let them keep him down.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Strong Believer in the Middle Road
Independent Presidential Candidate Mark Dutter
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Mark J. Dutter is an Independent from Spearfish, South Dakota with a strongly centrist platform, he is disappointed in both the Republican and Democratic parties, believing that candidates from each caucus put party before country, are beholden to big business interests, or both.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Businessman
Independent Presidential Candidate Robert Dionisio
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Robert Dionisio is a prolific business owner, starting as a little boy when he would collect forgotten litter and earn money turning it in for recycling. A critic of both major political parties, he\'s nevertheless a right-leaning presidential candidate, with budget reform intentions and a strong support of gun rights.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur
Independent Candidate 2016 Jeremiah Pent
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Without going into details, Jeremiah Pent speaks at length about solving the nation's problems, especially social disunity and the staggering national debt. Like many other independents and third-party candidates, he worries that the Republicans and Democrats have become too powerful.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Woman of Faith
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016 Shawna Sterling
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Shawna Sterling has opinions all her own, even on matters which might not generally be considered up for debate. She blames GMOs above all else for childhood obesity, and pledges to eliminate their use in school cafeteria food. Otherwise, she is generally conservative, with a strong faith and strict opposition to abortion.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Manufacturing Professional
Republican Presidential Candidate Peter Messina
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
“Staunch” may not be the right word to describe Peter Messina's conservatism, but he definitely favors the right wing. His attitudes toward taxation, Obamacare, and especially gun control will win him friends in the GOP, but those same people may arch a brow at his feelings on illegal immigration and Muslim Americans.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Army child and business owner
2016 Republican Candidate  Skip Andrews
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
“Skip” Andrews is a diverse candidate who probably has at least one opinion to please anyone. Few politicians are able to satisfy both a pro-legalization marijuana advocate and a staunch pro-lifer. Of course, this also means most would object to a majority of his platform.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Lawyer and Engineer
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Derrick Michael Reid
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
A hard worker with a bright mind that has brought him great academic advancement, Derrick Michael Reid is more at home solving equations than discussing politics. He has some fervent political opinions, mostly focusing on personal liberty, but his difficulties in communicating them promise to be a liability.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
American Progressive
2016 Republican Candidate  Eric Cavanagh
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
With a platform that generally aims to the left, Eric Cavanagh nevertheless has a number of right-leaning ideas, including a 100% porn tax. He also favors “mandatory expungement”: Six months after being convicted of a serious crime, your record is wiped clean. Even minor offenses would be forgotten after 3 months.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Job Creator
2016 Democratic Candidate  Howell Astor
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
If you ask Howell Astor, unemployment is the biggest problem facing America. He wants to do something about that, by putting people back to work and stopping the flow of American jobs to China. He also doesn't have many nice things to say about Hillary Clinton, and he's a Democrat today because he wanted to take her on.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Attorney and Certified Public Accountant
Republican Presidential Candidate Brooks Cullison
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
A man of faith for whom addressing the threat of radical Islam is Job One, but Brooks Cullison also worries about the abused and destitute in the US and the high volume of illegal immigrant traffic crossing the border with Mexico. Support for education is another issue on which he feels strongly.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Navy Veteran
Republican Candidate 2016 Valma Kittington
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Valma Kittington is a veteran of the US Navy and a “born again” Christian. With conservative leanings on abortion, gun control, and drug laws, as well as a strong stance against illegal immigration, she is a good fit for many religious Republicans.

2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Farmer and retired jet pilot
2016 Constitution Party Candidate  Chad Koppie
  Declared 2016 Constitution Party Candidate
A salt-of-the-earth farmer from birth right up to the present day, Chad Koppie is a tried and true conservative. From gun rights to abortion opposition to the importance of faith, there are few surprises in his ideology, making him a good fit for heartland voters.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Junior U.S. Senator from Vermont and Former Mayor of Burlington
Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Generally regarded as a Democrat, Sanders is in fact the longest-serving Independent in the history of the United States Congress. Having held office as both Vermont's at-large congressional representative and Mayor of the city of Burlington, he is currently the sitting junior Senator of Vermont.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
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Independent Presidential Candidate Lynn Sandra Kahn
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Lynn Sandra Kahn boasts over 30 years of experience in the fields of government reform and conflict resolution. She touts a comprehensive 7-track strategy for achieving the goals of her platform: Fix government, build peace.

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Wall Street finance expert and serial entrepreneur
2016 Independent Candidate  Scott Smith
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
With extensive experience working with money on Wall Street, as well as a prolific businessman, Scott Smith wishes to enact economic policies that veer right even of most dyed-in-the-wool conservatives. His goals are dubious, but his confidence is unshakable.



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The 2016 Presidential Election is unlike any seen in recent times. In fact, it may well be the most important since 1860, for one very simple reason. The 45th President could potentially be selecting up to four new Supreme Court Justices to replace the aging Ruth Bader Ginsburg (82), Anthony Kennedy (79), Stephen Breyer (77) and recently deceased Antonin Scalia - almost half of the nine-person lineup of the United States Supreme Court. With a historical 25-year average tenure, these lifetime appointments will directly determine the political, ideological and socioeconomic direction of the country for the next three decades, and indirectly thereafter.

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To preserve freedom of political expression, the electorate must be both free to choose and adequately informed. There are over 1000 presidential candidates registered with the FEC for the 2016 election. Most of these officially declared candidates are marginalized or completely ignored by mainstream media and lack the benefit of unlimited spending by Super PAC’s.

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We don’t know if any of these candidates would make a better president than a career politician, just as there's no guarantee that any of the 2016 campaign promises will actually be kept.

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Take a look at the candidates, visit their websites and if you find them worthy of being given a chance, share their candidacy with friends and family.

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