MANILA — The United States Embassy in the Philippines will bring the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections to SM City at Cebu City on November 7 starting from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through a project dubbed “U.S. Election Watch 2012.”
Prior to the big day, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Brian L. Goldbeck will travel to Cebu for the first time to open the event which will be open to the public and all activities free of charge.
“I look forward to meeting new Cebuano friends and sharing with them this proud democratic tradition of the United States,” said Mr. Goldbeck.
“This Election Day will be an exciting one, and I hope to see many Cebuanos – as well as Americans resident in Cebu – on November 7.”
In partnership with SM City Cebu, U.S. Election Watch 2012 will feature mock election, live updates of election returns in the United States, election trivia, a free photo booth, and election-related information through interaction points.
This event is a unique opportunity for Cebuanos to meet representatives of the U.S. Embassy to answer questions about elections and democracy in the United States.
The 2012 United States presidential electionwill be the 57th quadrennial presidential election in which presidential elections, who will officially elect the presidentand the vice president of the United States on December 17, 2012, will be chosen.
The exceptions to this being a tie amongst the electoral votes or if no candidate receives the minimum number of electoral votes needed to win the election, in which case the United States House of Representativeswill choose the President, and the United States Senatewill choose the Vice President. Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and Democratic Vice-President Joe Biden are running for a second term during this election, the former being constitutionally limited to only two terms.
Their major challengers are the Republican Partynominee Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romneyand his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan.
As specified in the Constitution, the 2012 presidential election will coincide with the United States Senate electionswhere one-third of the Senators will face re-election (33 Class I seats), and the United States House of Representatives elections (which occurs biennially) to elect the members for the 113th Congress. Eeleven gubernatorial elections and many elections for state legislators will also take place at the same time.