During a general election, voters cast their ballots for members of the national or state legislature. In the United States, there is a general election every four years to choose the president.
Before voters can cast their ballots for a presidential candidate during the general election, they vote in primary elections that narrow down the contenders. In the U.S., general elections are held in November, and they usually include candidates from at least two political parties. Elections that happen at other times are known as special elections, and the ones limited to city, town, or county issues are local elections.