Elections 2012: What Happens Next
A Look at Upcoming 2011-2012 Election-Related Events
A Presidential Election in the United States is not simply an event on
one day; it is a long process with many important steps, and that process
for the 2012 Presidential Election is already well underway.
In order to have the maximum impact upon this process, we need to be
well-informed and attentive to each of the key moments as they unfold, and
be ready to inform and involve as many others as possible.
Below is a calendar of upcoming events. Paying attention to these
various events will assist you and others to know the candidates better and
to take part in the national discussion about them.
The United States Catholic Bishops have stated,
“We get the public officials we deserve. Their
virtue -- or lack thereof -- is a judgment not only on them, but on us.
Because of this, we urge our fellow citizens to see beyond party politics,
to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political
leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest”
(1998, “Living the Gospel of Life,” n. 34).
The only way we can carry out this wise guidance with the maximum impact
is to pay attention to each step of the process, starting right now.
Find out about early voting in your state:
Early in-person voting dates and absentee/vote by mail dates listed
by State (PDF)
October 22 – Presidential Debate
Early in-person voting dates in date order (PDF)
Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation, CBS)
Format: Nine 10-minute question/answer segments between moderator and
Debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as
all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC among others. It
will also be live-streamed on the internet at
November 6 – Election Day
Click here for an
archive of past events