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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)
Early in-person voting dates in date order (PDF)

October 2012

October 22 – Presidential Debate

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 candidates

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

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