Whether you feel voting is a chore or a joy, it’s definitely a privilege and, some would say, every American’s responsibility. What else is that they say? If you don’t like the way the government is run, you have the power to change it! The power of the polling booth…!
This Tuesday, November 8th, is the day to flex your voting muscle, and, as you’re contemplating which candidates to push through to victory or just plain push out of office and which measures to say “yes” to and which to let fade away into the ballot-box boneyard, here are some interesting and unusual facts about the day we all parade our patriotism–Election Day!
* According to Wikipedia, for federal offices (President, Vice President, and United States Congress), Election Day occurs only in even-numbered years. Presidential elections are held every four years, in years evenly divisible by four, in which electors for President and Vice President are chosen according to the method determined by each state.
* Also according to Wikipedia, elections to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate are held every two years; all Representatives serve two-year terms and are up for election every two years, while Senators serve six-year terms, staggered so that one-third of Senators are elected in any given general election.
* Also, general elections in which presidential candidates are not on the ballot are referred to as midterm elections. Terms for those elected begin in January the following year; the President and Vice President are inaugurated (“sworn in”) on Inauguration Day, usually January 20.
* Some states recognize Election Day as a civic holiday, including Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and West Virginia.
ELECTION DAY TRIVIA (according to infoplease.com):