Despite all the talk about the presidential election, the fact remains: Millions of Americans won't vote. U.S. turnout in the 2008 presidential election was 90% of registered voters, but only 71% of the U.S. adult population was registered to vote. For Election Day 2012, we asked people around the country to weigh in on what's inspiring them to vote -- and we asked non-voters why they're sitting this one out.
The finish line is in sight. Americans have weighed a plethora of questions in choosing their presidential candidate. But amid the quadrennial explosion of political ads, bumper stickers and debates, some questions still baffle: Why is the Republican mascot an elephant? Why are Democrats linked to the color blue? And what happens if the candidates tie?A voter's guide to such perpetually confounding riddles.
A long and bitter presidential election comes to a close on Tuesday when Americans will choose between a second term for President Barack Obama and a new direction with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. CNN's reporters, correspondents, analysts and anchors tell what they'll be watching for that might tip off how the election will go.
Just because President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney mostly have avoided talking religion during this campaign doesn't mean religion won't play a big role in determining the winner of the presidential race. Here are six ways religion's role in the electorate may shape the outcome on Tuesday.
Online voting is taking off in local elections, particularly overseas. But Americans shouldn't expect to vote for the president on their laptop or iPad anytime soon. The battle over whether to digitize the voting process has become a full-blown war in the United States, even as countries like Canada, Norway and Australia have increasingly adopted online systems.
Wall Street's biggest gripe with President Obama is more about what he's said than what he's done. "There's been so much finger pointing. He's made it seem bad to be successful and to be millionaires and billionaires," said Karl Wellner, CEO of Papamarkou Wellner Asset Management, a fund with $3 billion under management. Outside of Obama calling bankers "fat cats," most Wall Street professionals point to few specifics and basically say it's more of a vibe they get from the president.
No matter who wins the election on Tuesday, the next president will have to immediately stare down the country's largest, most pressing domestic problem: the fiscal cliff. Among the policies at issue are reductions in both defense and non-defense spending, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, the end of a payroll tax holiday and extended unemployment benefits, and the onset of reimbursement cuts to Medicare doctors.
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Here are direct links to raw vote totals, exit poll information and CNN projections for Tuesday's elections. For the presidential and Senate races, voting results are broken down to at least the county level. U.S. House races are broken down to the district level. Governors' races and ballot measure votes are broken down to the county level.