The Presidential elections are on the first Tuesday of November ever 4 years. The Presidential election for 2012 will be on November 6, 2012. The is elected by electors that are appointed by states and are instructed to vote for a President based on the democraticly held election in each state. To be elected a candidate needs 270 electoral votes of the 539 available for a majority. The President elect takes office on January 20th when the Presidential term expires.