The US elections 2016 is just around the corner. Still, many are clueless about the process. Here is a complete guide on how things will take place.

Before we start discussing about the next US president, it will be noteworthy to remember that the United States won’t get a new president before 2017. According to the US constitution, Barack Obama will remain at the helm until Jan 20, 2017.

No matter when the Oath of Office is taken, the president-elect will take office at noon on Jan 20, 2017. Prior to that, Obama will remain the commander-in-chief and carry on his presidential responsibilities on full swing.

November 8: Why?

Since 1845, presidential elections in the United States take place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This means the US elections 2016 could not have happened on Nov. 1 even if it was a Tuesday. However, it could have happened on Nov. 2 (only if it was a Tuesday) since it would have been the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the month on Nov. 1.

The reason behind this has a bit to do with religion. During earlier times, people had to travel some distance to cast votes. The Telegraph notes that many could not travel on Sundays because of religious reasons.

Do you know: Russia wants Trump to win?

Key Dates

Sept. 26, Oct. 9, and Oct. 19: Presidential Debates

Oct. 4: Vice-presidential debate

Nov. 8: Election Day

Jan 6: Elector Results

Jan 20: Inauguration Day

Purple States

Only a handful of US states remain undecided about their preference for any presidential candidate. This swing states are often called “purple states” as those are a mix of both red (Republicans) and blue (Democrats).

This year, the major purple states are Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio. Other purple states include Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina and Colorado.

Magic Number

The magic number for a US presidential candidate is 270, which means either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump needs to get 270 electors out of a total 538 to become the next US president. Kindly note one can lose the popular vote but can still win in the Electoral College. In 2000, it happened to George W. Bush.

Watch this space for more updates on the US elections 2016.