Americans are ready to choose their next president on November 6.
Voters will decide if they would like to continue with incumbent president Barack Obama or choose the Republican nominee Mitt Romney as the 45th president.
Not only the president but also all 435 members of the House of Representatives of the US Congress, 33 senators out of 100 and some governors will be elected on the election day.
U.S. presidents are not elected directly by voters. Instead, the Electoral College elects each president based on how people vote in each state. States are given a certain number of electors based on that state’s number of Representatives and Senators. The more-densely populated states have more electors than less-populated states. In most states, the candidate who wins a majority of the popular vote wins all of that state’s electoral votes. There are 538 electoral votes, so a candidate must win just over half of them, 270, or more to win.
According to the polls Obama is expected to win 243 (186 safe and 57 leaning) and Romney is expected win 206 (159 safe and 47 leaning) of the electoral votes. Obama would only need 27 of the swinging 89 electoral votes to win while Romney would need 64 of the 89.
If Obama wins any two among Florida, Ohio and Virginia he will guarantee to win otherwise, the results will be definite at the last minute.
On election day, Obama will return to Chicago and Romney will head to Boston, their respective campaign headquarters, to await election results.
(Anatolia News Agency)