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. James Mbanda

    Truly President Obama may have underscored in some areas but he served and continues to serve Americans with sincerity. He inherited a crippled Economy and he has kept a float. Americans have the choice to decide to keep on a right path to greatness again or another choice of try and error – the remainder theorem.
    God bless Americans God bless America

    October 26, 2012 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  2. jimmer

    I wonder how many times he voted

    October 26, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  3. Jerry

    And, HE was carded, too!!!

    October 26, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  4. Jerry

    I wonder who he voted for?

    Romney, of course!!!

    October 26, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  5. LS

    Love that man!

    October 26, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  6. hadeenuff

    I'm not sure if it was a good idea for Obama to vote early. He may change his mind by the end of the election.

    October 26, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
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