Estimated 200m Americans to vote in 2016 elections
No fewer than 200 million Americans are expected to vote in the November 8 general elections, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
NAN reports that the US has no national electoral commission that superintends its elections, but the electoral commission of each of the 50 states oversees elections in that state.
The US Federal Election Commission said that the commission does not handle voter registration and vote tabulation.
Christian Hilland, FEC’s Deputy Press Officer, told a correspondent of NAN in the US that the commission has jurisdiction over campaign finance.
Hilland said: “The Federal Election Commission has jurisdiction over federal campaign finance laws.
“The administration of elections, which includes voter registration and vote tabulation, is handled at the state and local levels.”
The US Census Bureau for historical voting and registration numbers also did not have the number of 2016 registered voters.
However, TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm, said more than 200 million voters are registered for the 2016 election.
Tom Bonier, Chief Executive Officer of TargetSmart, said the national registration now stands at 200,081,377 voters.
Bonier said: “There is no current national database of voter registration because each state independently runs its own election.
“However, the country passed the 200 million thresholds in recent days as North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada and New York reported new voter numbers.”
Similarly, Statistic Brain, a search statistics database, said the total numbers of Americans who are eligible to vote in 2016 are 218,959,000.
According to it, the total number of Americans who voted in the 2012 Presidential election was 126,144,000.
NAN reports that the US presidential election of 2016, scheduled for November 8, 2016, would be the 58th four-year period Us presidential election.
The leading presidential candidates are Republican Party’s candidate, Donald Trump, and his Democratic Party rival Hillary Clinton, while Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Jill Stein have been less visible.
The winner of the election would determine the 45th President and 48th Vice President of the US, who will be inaugurated on January 20, 2017.