2012 Election wraps up - almost
By Randa Wagner –
By the time you have this edition of the Nov. 7 Sentinel in your hands, the polls will have closed and citizens will know who their next elected officials are.
Though the campaigning is over, the presidential election — technically speaking — is not. The electoral college has yet to officially select the next president.
Each state’s electors assembles in their state capitol on December 17 to sign a “Certificate of Vote,” which is then sealed and delivered to the Office of the President of the United States Senate. A special joint session of the U.S. Congress convenes on January 6, 2013, when the President of the Senate reads the Certificates of Votes and declares the official winner.
In what the Associated Press referred to Monday as a ‘stubbornly deadlocked race,’ President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney were ‘storming through a final exhaustive campaign push Monday that won’t end until the wee hours of Election Day in pursuit of every possible vote.’ Gee — they don’t seem too confident, do they? Seems to me that if someone in office has been doing their job right during their term, heck — they shouldn’t even have to campaign! They should be able to stand on their own merits and let their opponent spend millions of dollars and run around the country making all kinds of promises to voters. Same with any elected official. In my simple mind, if they have been doing their job honestly and in earnest with the citizens’ best interest in mind, they shouldn’t have to campaign to keep their job. It would be a no-brainer for their constituents.
But no.… every four years we have to put up with a year’s worth of mud-slinging, dirty laundry, accusations and name calling. This campaign is just about the ugliest and most pitiful I can recall in many years. Doesn’t say much for our would-be leaders, eh?
This has been an expensive election year, too. According to Adweek, the spending trend is on track to meet Wells Fargo’s forecast of $3.37 billion in total TV. Yes, that’s BILLIONS, folks. More than 42 percent of the spending was for the presidential race. The Associated Press says never before has so much money been spent on so many commercials aimed at so few voters (many people get their news online now). The two presidential campaigns, the political parties and their allied independent groups aired 1,015,615 ads between June 1 and Oct. 29 — almost 40 percent more than the number of ads that ran in the same period in 2008, when Obama defeated Republican John McCain for the presidency.
Sad. Insecurity is expensive. At least the TV, radio ads and phone calls will finally stop.
The official end result remains to be seen. This newspaper prints at noon on Tuesdays, ahead of poll closings on Election Day, so we are unable to post election outcomes in Nov. 7’s paper. For state and local election and levy results, please visit our website at www.morrowcountysentinel.com or call our office at 419–946-3010.