Video:How Do House Elections Work?with Kwanza Hall
Members of the House of Representatives are elected every two years, which is different from other parts of the federal government. This About.com video will explain how House elections work.See Transcript
Transcript:How Do House Elections Work?
Hi, this is Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Councilman for District 2. District 2 is the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. And I'm here with About.com to tell you about House elections.
House of Representatives Elections
The 2012 House of Representative elections will be held November 6, 2012, for all 50 states in the Union, as well as the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. U.S. Representatives are determined based on the population of their respective states and territories, and the elections are held every two years. In the event that a Representative chooses to retire, resigns or is forced out of office, there's a special election held to fill that office.
Purpose of the House
We have 435 Representatives in the United States. The winners of this election will serve in the 113th Congress of the United States of America. The House of Representatives is responsible for not only developing legislation overall that guides our government in the United States, but also ensuring that we have a budget that meets that legislation head on to ensure that the agendas that they represent are carried out. The U.S. Senate is the more powerful legislative body in the United States. And in the event of the absence of a Vice President, the President Pro Tempore is a member of the Senate.
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