Elections in the U.S.
The process of electing the President and the Vice President in the United States is an indirect vote in which citizens of the United State, 18 years of age or older have the right to vote for a slate of electors, who cast the votes that decide who becomes the President of the United States.
The presidential election in 2012, which was held on November 6, was the re-election of the Democratic Party’s nominee Barack Obama, who won the elections with about 65.9 million votes from the U.S. population. His opponent Mitt Romney, who was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States, gathered about 60.9 million votes.
The voting rates vary from state to state, 75.9 percent of American citizen voted in District in Columbia, while 47.8 percent of the citizens voted in the presidential elections in 2012. The total voting rate stood at 61.8 percent in the United States.
It is important for the Parties to reach the voting population in the country when the Presidential elections are coming up. Campaigns have many financial sources, such as donations and fundraisers. Fundraising plays a big role in presidential campaigns. In the election period from 2011 to 2012, about 1.36 billion U.S. dollars were spent for Presidential Campaign finance.
The disbursement received for Presidential Campaign financing of the Democratic Party stood at 737.1 million U.S. dollar between 2011 and 2012, while the Presidential Campaign of the Republican Party spent 633.4 U.S. dollar.