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Americans Observed the First Uniform Election Day
November 4, 1845

In some countries around the world, the people do not get to elect their leader. As late as 1816, the citizens of nine states in the U.S. were not able to vote in presidential elections. Americans observed the first uniform Election Day on November 4, 1845. That means that all states voted, selecting their presidents on the same day. This increased the power of political parties, like the Democrats and Republicans, and strengthened the democracy of the process. What are electors?
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