About Election Day
The United States presidential election of 2012 will be held on November 6, 2012. On this day, citizens cast indirect votes (popular votes) for the U.S. Electoral College. The Electoral College directly elects the President and Vice President. Selected electors pledge votes to presidential and vice presidential candidates. In nearly all states, electors are awarded on a winner-take-all basis to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in that state. The Twelfth Amendment provides for each elector to cast one vote for President and one vote for Vice President. The Twenty-third Amendment specifies how many electors the District of Columbia is entitled to have.
The Republican Party has selected Mitt Romney (former Massachusetts Governor). Mitt Romney has selected Paul Ryan (U.S. Representative from the Wisconsin 1st congressional district) to run as his Vice President.
Democrat incumbant Barack Obama is running for a second and final term. Vice President Joe Biden is his running mate.
The Libertarian Party nominee is former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. The Green Party nominee is Jill Stein.
The 2012 election will coincide with Senate elections in 33 states, House of Representatives elections in all states and gubernatorial elections in 11 states.
The president-elect and vice president-elect are scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2013.
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