October 25th, 2012
05:29 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama casts early ballot in Chicago

Chicago (CNN) - President Barack Obama made a brief stop in Chicago Thursday to cast his presidential ballot, 12 days ahead of Election Day.

He entered the Martin Luther King Community Center around 4:10 p.m. local time, shaking hands with poll workers and telling them he appreciated their work. After filling out the requisite paperwork, and presenting a photo ID ("Notice there's no grey in that picture"), he walked over to the electronic voting machine and made his selections.

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Chatting with the workers at his polling station, Obama talked up the benefits of voting early, saying people "don't have to take time off work, they can arrange it around their schedule."

Obama is the first presidential candidate to vote early, and his stop at the polling center reflects his campaign's push to get supporters to cast ballots ahead of November 6. In an email to supporters Thursday morning, Obama wrote "This afternoon, I'm casting my ballot in my hometown of Chicago. I'm told I'll be the first sitting president to take advantage of early voting. And I can't wait," before encouraging recipients to also register and vote early.

"For all of you who have not yet early voted, I just wanted you to see how efficient a process this was," the president said on his way out.

"I can't tell you who I voted for," he added.

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Michelle

    I wonder who he voted for?

    October 25, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Greg C.

    Romney

    October 25, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Lafatlibs

    I hope he was smart enough to vote for Romney.

    October 25, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Does he not live in DC? That may explain a lot over the last 4 years.

    October 25, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    Obama is truly a president we can be proud of.

    I think I know who he voted for. 🙂

    October 25, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Raj

    Voting is people's greatest right and civic responsibility on earth. Those who don't use will lose it.

    October 25, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. nclee

    Romnesia or Obamanation?

    October 25, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. rajd

    He voted for dignity and respect.

    October 25, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is the first year that we have early voting in MD.
    My family of four will be there to cast our ballots early for President Obama.
    God Bless Mr. President.

    October 25, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. bob

    You can just imagine the thought process... "geez... do I REALLY want to go through 4 more years of this?..., but it's just one vote, I could vote for Mitt and it wouldn't matter, I could still win...oh well..."

    October 25, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. BlkPwr817

    I hope he didn't get a case of "Romnesia" & forget who to vote for...LOL

    Obama 2012!

    October 25, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Vote

    I hope he saw the light and voted for Romney

    October 25, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. kayla

    you are one of a kind mr. president

    October 25, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. shawn

    Good job Mr. President I'll be casting my vote for Obama in "Pennsylvania" on Election day!

    October 25, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Joan

    I voted for the same person Obama did today- LOL Go OBAMA 2012

    October 25, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. jen

    I'm looking forward to voting early for Obama on Friday

    October 25, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. freeme10

    Ron Paul

    October 25, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. November 6 is near

    He himself voted for himself. Yesh. But crucial if something goes awry if any of the votes, percentage, or turnout will be 12. Like 2012, 12 M Latino voters, and the like.

    October 25, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Frank

    Who paid for this trip? Can't he use the mail?

    October 25, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. dc

    Obama jokes about Trump's offer...... 5 million to charity would do a LOT of good....... What needs to be kept secret that badly? REALLY!

    October 25, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. dc

    If someone was speaking to the country and lying about his father, I can see where he would be upset!

    October 25, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Reload

    Obama voting early and often, in grand Chicago style.

    October 25, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Irish 2

    If he was smart he would have voted for Romney to get us out if this mess

    October 25, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Donna 2

    We have had the opportunity to vote eary in the of Tennessee for quite some time. If you have the opportunity I say take it because you never know what might happen on election day that could keep you from voting. I am more excited about voting this tme than I was in 2008. President Obama all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. outawork

    Only one?

    October 25, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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