Now here are a few things you may or may not have known about elections in general.
About Election Day
- Election Day was first designated as the Tuesday following the first Monday in November in 1845.
- Four presidential candidates have won the popular vote but lost the election: Al Gore 2000, Grover Cleveland 1888, Samuel Tiden 1876 and Andrew Jackson 1824.
- Two presidents won 49 out of 50 states: Ronald Regan 1984 and Richard Nixon 1972.
- A record number of people watched the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: 84 million.
- Thirty-two states have voter ID laws.
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2014, there are more than 219 million U.S. citizens who 18 years old or older. More than 142 million said they were registered to vote and more than 92 million said they voted in 2014. Around 35 million people did not respond to the bureau’s questions. In 2012, 61.8 percent of registered voters turned out to vote. In 2008 it was 63.6 percent.
- Clinton used $1.3 million of her own money to finance her campaign and Trump used $56.1 million of his money.
- In 2016, $1 billion was spent on digital ads, a 5,000 percent increase from 2008, and $4.4 billion was spent on TV ads, a 16 percent increase from 2012.
- The first year a campaign ad ran on TV was 1952.
· IN MOST PLACES, ELECTIONS ARE HELD ON SUNDAYS.
· Voters in the U.S. may head to the polls on Tuesdays, but the rest of the world prefers to save its votes for Sunday. Interestingly, countries in which English is the primary language tend to be the exception to this rule; in Canada, citizens vote on Mondays, while Brits vote on Thursdays, and Australians and New Zealanders on Saturdays.
· SWEDISH AND FRENCH VOTERS ARE AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERED.
· VOTING IS COMPULSORY IN AUSTRALIA.
· Every Australian over 18 is required by law to register to vote and to participate in federal elections. Anyone who doesn’t show up on Election Day is fined AU$20 (around $15). Failure to pay that fine results in even steeper penalties—up to AU$180—and can result in a criminal charge.
· VOTER TURNOUT IN THE U.S. IS EXTREMELY LOW COMPARED TO OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.
· According to a 2016 report about voter turnout in developed countries, just 53.6 percent of Americans performed their civic duty during the 2012 election cycle, which places the U.S. 31st out of 35 OECD nations. By contrast, Belgium saw the highest percentage of eligible voters turn out for its 2014 election; approximately 87.2 percent of Belgian citizens cast their votes.
· ASTRONAUTS CAN VOTE.
· Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have had the ability to vote since 1997, when Texas lawmakers passed a measure that allowed secure ballots to be sent to space by Mission Control in Houston, Texas. Once astronauts make their selections, their ballots—PDFs of the paper ballots they’d receive in the mail—are beamed back down to Earth, where clerks open the encoded documents and submit a hard copy of the astronaut's ballot to be counted.