Right now, it seems like anyone could be president. We've got a Batman villain billionaire on the ballot. The real-life Tommy Carcetti. And an actual cat. But there are some rules for running for the executive office, and we're going to (attempt to) explain them.
Step 1: Pass these Constitutional requirements
First things first, you can't get around three basic requirements outlined in Article II of the Constitution. You need to be a natural-born US citizen (sorry, Chad Kroeger). You have to be at least 35 years old. You have to have lived in the United States for a minimum of 14 years. Pass all those checkpoints? Great. Let's proceed.
Step 2: File with the FEC
The next thing you need to do is file with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). This is so it can keep track of your cash flow -- if you have not spent or received $5,000 or more in the name of your campaign, you technically don't need to mess with the FEC at all. But if you're even remotely serious about running, you're going to hit that $5K benchmark, so fill out Form 2. It's stupidly, unbelievably basic. Don't believe us? Look at the 564 people who've managed to file for 2016 so far.