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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Day Fun Facts:

1. In order to be elected president, the candidate must fulfill three basic criteria - be at least 35 years of age, be a permanent U.S. resident for at least 14 years and be considered a natural U.S.-born citizen

2. The final election is decided by the Electoral College, or a group of 538 electors. For a candidate to be declared president, he or she must have at least 270 of these votes under his or her belt

3. The oldest U.S. president to be elected was Ronald Reagan, who was 69 at the time, according to the Robinson Library. Clinton turned 69 on Oct. 26, while Trump is 70 years old

4. To date, 17 U.S. presidents have been elected for at least two terms. This includes current President Barack Obama. While 13 of them served a full two terms, three were re-elected but could not complete the second half of their presidencies: Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley and Richard Nixon. The 22nd Amendment set term limits for each sitting president after Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected for four terms

5. There have been 18 Republic presidents and 15 Democratic presidents so far. Four presidents identified as Democratic-Republicans, four as Whigs, one as a Federalist and one with no party affiliation - George Washington

6. The requirement to own property to vote was removed by the final state, North Carolina, in 1856, according to the American Civil Liberties Union

7. Congress passed the 15th Amendment in 1870 to give suffrage to African-Americans and other nonwhite men, according to the History Channel. Despite this, the South and parts of the North did not allow African-Americans to vote until the 1960's.

8. Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to run for U.S. presidency in 1972, according to Politico. This was almost 50 years before the 19th Amendment was passed, allowing women the right to vote in presidential elections in 1920

9. There have been over 200 women who have run for the position of president, according to PBS. These are mostly nominees of minor parties and candidates who ran for president before women achieved suffrage

10. Hillary Clinton formally became the first woman to receive a major party nomination after the Democrats named her this summer as their candidate for the 2016 election

11. Since the 1980's, women have been more likely to go out and vote than men, according to FactRetriever. While men have moved toward the more conservative Republican party since the 1960's, women ten to align themselves with the Democrats

12. NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station can vote in elections from orbit with the help of secure email, according to This was the result of a 1997 Texas bill

13. TargetSmart counted about 200 million voters registered for the upcoming general election

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