Election Day Basics: What You Need to Know

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(NewsPop) — Election day is Tuesday, November 8.  If the same number of people who voted in the 2012 presidential election turn out this year, there will be more than 126 million people at the polls. People will also be voting for state and local representatives, members of congress, governors and even school board members. Many schools across the country will be closed because they are serving as voting locations.

By the end of the day on Tuesday, we should know who the 45th president of the United States will be. She or he will replace President Barack Obama, and be sworn into office on January 20, 2017.

Voters will be deciding between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Two third-party candidates are also running: Libertarian Gary Stein and Green Party nominee Jill Stein, but they are expected to get only a small percentage of the vote.

The latest national polls show a close race between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey released on November 6 found that 44% of likely voters support Mrs. Clinton, while 40% back Mr. Trump.  Only 6% support Mr. Johnson and just 2% percent will vote for Ms. Stein.

You have to be 18 years old to vote in the United States.

Not old enough yet? No worries. NewsPop, Popvox and the Close Up Foundation have created an election survey for 3rd – 12th graders. We want to know who you would vote and which issues are important to you. Vote in the box below. You have until 8pm on November 8 to cast your ballot.

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