Its Election Day in AMERICA!
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It’s Election Day in America! No matter how crazy this election process had been, I still get jittery on Election Day. For the past 215 years, the United States of America has been having peaceful transitions of power between leaders. Even in years where elections have had some form of suspense – 1824 election when the House of Representatives chose John Quincy Adams because none of the candidates could get the required number of electoral votes or 1876 when there were election disputes that called into questions some of the states and 2000 when the Supreme Court stepped in to settle the election process.
This year’s election has been over the top in so many ways. But if you look back over the 215 years that the U.S. has been choosing presidents you will see that this is not the first time our campaign process has seemed out of whack. In 1968, Alabama Governor George Wallace won 5 states and 46 electoral votes on his call for racial segregation. Independent Ross Perot in 1992 garnered 19 percent of the votes and was actually leading the race in June 1992 before dropping out. American elections have ebbed and flowed over the years adapting to the culture and time period. We are in a cycle of instant news and instant information. We will continue to be inundated with (mis)information in our campaign process. It’s a sign of things to come.
And for those of you waiting for the polls to open, according to the LSU/Alabama football game results, the election is already over. Found this article to be interesting as we select the next President of the United States of America.