Electors will today choose whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will replace Barack Obama as President of the United States of America.
Presidential campaigns to the White House largely dominated by personal attackers and great divergence in national and foreign policies ended last night and American electors are going to the polls today in general elections to choose between the Democratic party Hillary Clinton and her Republican party rival Donald Trump. Both Americans and the entire world are waiting to see who of the candidates will replace outgoing Barack Obama as the 45th President of the United States of America.
The general election today, November 8, 2016 will just come to conclude the voting process. Reports say in States where early voting is allowed, nearly 42 million Americans had already cast ballots in the presidential election. They were reported to have turned out in record numbers in crucial battlegrounds such as Florida, North Carolina and Nevada. In the 2012 presidential election an estimated 126 million voters cast ballots for the White House.
According to the US electoral process, what will take place today is the general voting. Electors who are members of the Electoral College will meet in their respective State capitals on December 19, 2016 and formally vote for the President and the Vice President. A total number of 538 electoral college electors will be go to the polls to vote either Mrs Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine or Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence. The electoral process specifies that a majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President.
The electoral calendar further discloses that the U.S. Congress is scheduled to certify the electoral results on January 5, 2017 and the new President and Vice President are planned to be inaugurated on January 20, 2017. The two candidates go in for the election with varied chances. Mrs Clinton goes in with the email scandal that had been a seeming thorn on her way to the White House cleared. FBI Director James Comey said on Sunday that a fresh inquiry into the Democratic candidate's communications found nothing to change the bureau's conclusion this summer.
Last weekend the FBI announced it was once again investigating Mr Clinton’s use of a private email server, piling pressure on the Democrat nominee and giving Trump renewed hope in key swing states. This inevitable increases her chances as latest opinion polls on Sunday before the news broke gave her a four-to-five point lead over her rival Mr Trump. BBC cited the reaction of Donald Trump who has accused the FBI of impropriety after it once again said that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges over her emails. "Right now she's being protected by a rigged system. It's a totally rigged system. I've been saying it for a long time," he is quoted as having told supporters in Sterling Heights, Michigan.