Election Day 2016 By The Numbers

Even with our system of checks and balances, four years of executive power can change the country – perhaps even the course of history – considerably. So from FDR’s near-sweep of Republican Alf Randolph in 1936 to the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2000’s Bush v. Gore nail-biter, every presidential election matters and is, indeed, historic. This one still feels special, though – kind of like Barack Obama’s enthusiastic run to break the White House color barrier, but more sinister.

On the left, we have a candidate seeking to become the first female president who carries the baggage of a general likeability problem. And on the right, we have a billionaire real-estate mogul and former reality TV star whose brash, off-the-cuff style has captivated the country, though not always in a good way.

It’s been entertaining. It’s been painful. And this crazy campaign is finally coming to an end. So as we wait for November 8th and wonder what the future has in store for our country, our wallets and our kids’ futures, it’s worth reminding ourselves what Election Day is all about, both this year and in general. In the interest of helping people perform their civic duty (and have some fun while doing it), we put together a collection of the most interesting and informative Election Day factoids we could find. You can check them our below, followed by our Ask The Experts Q&A on everything from voter-turnout strategies to what each candidate’s presidency would mean for the economy. Happy voting and thanks to WalletHub for all the hard work.

You can go and see the infographic here: https://wallethub.com/blog/election-infographic/25378/

WalletHub also asked some experts for their opinions and analysis:

Here is what they asked:

  1. What strategies have proven effective at increasing voter turnout?
  2. Is early voting a good idea? Does it ever result in widespread “buyer’s remorse” among those who cast their ballots before the campaigns conclude?
  3. Should all states implement same day voter registration? What are the potential barriers to widespread adoption of this practice?
  4. How common is voter fraud in the United States? What impact does it have on state and federal elections?
  5. What is the most fair and equitable way to draw voting district boundaries? Should it be left to elected officials or a nonpartisan panel?
  6. What positive impact would a Trump presidency have on your wallet? How about a Clinton presidency?

See their answers: https://wallethub.com/blog/election-infographic/25378/

Rick Limpert

Rick Limpert is an award winning Atlanta-based freelance writer, columnist, host of The Tech of Sports Podcast and best-selling author. He has covered sports, technology and events all over the world. His works have been featured on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo News, Examiner.com, nba.com and in Sports Illustrated.

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