Election Day in America
Today is the day that Americans will decide who leads our nation for the next four years. It is November 6, 2012, Election Day, and millions of people from around the country will cast their votes for the next President. Both the Democratic nominee, President Barack Obama, and the Republican nominee, Governor Romney, have both campaigned tirelessly since accepting their party nominations at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in late August and early September.
After two months of campaigning, three Presidential debates, and numerous rallies in many different states, several national polls show the two candidates in a dead heat. Today marks the end of nearly two years of campaigning for the Presidency and only one man will make it to the Oval Office.
The two candidates disagree on issues like job creation, the economy, taxes, healthcare, and energy. For the past few days, they have crisscrossed the nation and held numerous campaign events, especially in the swing states that may likely decide the election such as Ohio and Florida. After a pause from campaigning during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the two nominees picked right up and campaigned until the eve of the election. Governor Romney is even campaigning today on Election Day in the key states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
For President Obama, he has said that this is the final campaign of his career, whether he wins or loses the election. He ended his Presidential campaign late Monday with a final stop in Iowa, where he won the Iowa caucus during the 2008 elections and began his journey to the White House.
“I’ve come back to Iowa one more time to ask for your vote,” Obama said. “Because this is where our movement for change began. Right here.”
Meanwhile, Governor Romney campaigned in Fairfax, Virginia, on Monday. He asked for Virginia’s vote there one last time.
“Change can’t be measured in speeches,” Governor Romney told the crowd. “It’s measured in achievements. The door to a brighter future is open. It’s waiting for us. I need your vote. I need your help.”
The winner of today’s election will lead our country for the next four years. There’s a lot at stake this election. But the election is also a reminder of democracy at its best. Voting is a right that people in many other countries don’t enjoy. Today, America is choosing the President in a fair, free, and democratic way. For the 57th time in its history.
—Kid Reporter Andrew Liang
Photo: Andre Witcher of Detroit casts his ballot at the Wayne County Community College Northwest Campus in Detroit, Monday, on November 5, 2012. Voters flocked to local clerks offices Monday for the final day of absentee balloting. AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Guralnick)