2012 US Presidential Election FAQ

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After you read Brian Spears’s excellent take on our current political climate and why government is actually, in fact, important, get yourself acquainted with everything you need to know about participating in this year’s election.

Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig, compiled this immensely helpful FAQ, which covers topics such as where you can vote (if you don’t already know), what you need to know if you’re planning on gambling on the election (yes, we do mean placing bets), voter fraud, and the statistical likelihood of your vote making or breaking an election if you live in a swing state. There’s also loads of charts, graphs, links to fact-checking websites, and other useful items, so that you can wake up next Tuesday as informed as possible.

Of further note: in some states, today and tomorrow are the final days to register to vote for the General Election. Not sure if your state is one of them? Click here. (If the answer is yes, and you have not registered, get going!)


Rebecca Rubenstein is the former interviews editor of The Rumpus and the editor-in-chief of Midnight Breakfast. When not reading books made of paper, she can be found thinking aloud on Twitter. She resides in San Francisco and maintains a healthy relationship with the fog. More from this author →