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Today, citizens of the United States of America are going to the polls to decide who would be their next president. They have a choice of either Hilary R. Clinton or Donald J. Trump. This particular election has been filled with scandals and intrigues.

While we await the next president of the United States of America, we thought to familiarize you with a few facts about this election.

The candidate of the Democratic Party is Hilary Rodham Clinton. She was born on October 26, 1947, she is married to Former US President Bill Clinton and is a mother and grandmother. She had earlier served as First Lady of the State of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States of America, Senator representing New York, and the Secretary of State.

The candidate of the Republican Party is Donald J. Trump. He was born on June 14, 1956, He is married to former model Ivanka Trump and is a father and grandfather. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests. He has not held any prior political position.

Hilary Clinton is the first woman to clinch the nomination of a major party and if elected would become the first woman president. Donald Trump if elected would be the oldest first-term president of the United States.

Though the election date is officially today, voting had earlier begun across the country. In the US, there’s an early voting policy that allows registered voters to cast their ballots in advance of Election Day and in some states, you can even vote early, change your mind and then vote again.

For you to become the US president, you need to be “a natural born” US citizen, at least 35 years old, and have been a resident for 14 years.

This election has been marred by controversies for both candidates. For Donald Trump, from the moment the New York businessman launched his campaign with the description of Mexican immigrants as “rapists and criminals” to when he waged wars of words with a judge, a Miss Universe, a Fox News anchor and the Muslim family of a fallen soldier, his candidacy has rarely gone a few weeks without sparking some uproar. The biggest bombshell to jolt the Trump campaign came on October 7th with the publication of a video from 2005. Mr. Trump is heard referring to women in sexually offensive terms when he was caught on a live microphone during the filming of a soap.

For Hilary Clinton the damage done by her private email arrangement to her reputation has marred her campaign with distrust, despite the FBI effectively closing the investigation in July and clearing her of any wrongdoing. Questions have also been raised about the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Most Americans view this election as a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea based on the reputations of both candidates. Whatever happens, whomever wins, the American system may never remain the same.

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This article was first published on 8th November 2016


Muna is a software programmer and developer with a passion for technology.

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