The Real “October Surprise”

It’s not a surprise that the election is coming up in a week.

It’s probably a little more of a surprise that the east coast is currently suffering through some power outages and oh, that’s right. A hurricane. Could this be a year where the Presidential Election is postponed?

As if a hurricane wasn’t stressful enough, this election already has an extremely high chance of being one of those controversially split electoral/popular vote situations and this surprise could definitely influence the vote. But the people on the east coast don’t even have electrical power. As a consequence, voting machines might not be able to help us out with the election this year. Are we going to have to go back to those prehistoric days where we actually have to vote without technology? Does that mean candle-light voting and manual tallies? If so, that might mean more mistakes and false blame as well as a generally longer wait-time for election results. As it is, several states are receiving extensions on early voting dates and both presidential candidates have put their campaigns temporarily “on hold.”

Despite the campaigns being put on hold, what both candidates do in this situation is absolutely crucial to how people will decide to vote. If they spend too much time campaigning, they are heartless. If they spend too much time with disaster relief, they don’t care enough about the presidency. In this scenario, Obama and Romney have completely different roles, with Obama still maintaining the President’s seat, he must act on this case whereas Romney does not have as many things to tie him down during this time. So as Obama cancels all his plans this week, Romney must decide whether campaign trips are a good idea or not. It’s going to be an interesting few days as we wait to see whether this election actually nationally happens on election day and who will come out the winner.

 

-Evita Chavez

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This is a blog about the 2012 presidential election. Content is generated by students in Professor Heldman's Politics 101 class. She does not necessarily endorse the views expressed here.
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