Voting stickers and government-driven rants on social media can only mean one thing — it’s Election Day! As US citizens eagerly wait for the results to trickle in state by state, we have rounded up the 5 most fascinating facts about the biggest day in politics. Check it out!
1. Election Day wasn’t fix on a specific day until the mid-19th century.
Congress in New York State set the first Tuesday in Nov. as Election Day in 1845. Election Day allowed for people to observe the Sabbath, travel to vote, and return home on Wednesday for an occasion that was called Market Day.
2. George Washington created a drinking game to help get out the vote.
George Washington spent his ENTIRE campaign budget (a mere 50 pounds) on 160 gallons of alcohol to help motivate civilians to get out and vote. 391 voters were rewarded liquor for their good duty in 1758. We wonder what would happen if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did the same.
3. Hilary Clinton is NOT first woman to run for President.
While Hillary is the first woman to clinch the nomination for a major political party, it was Victoria Woodhull who made the election go co-ed. She was the leader of the Suffragette movement in 1872 – almost 50 years before women were allowed to vote in Presidential Elections, which didn’t happen until 1920.
4. Most of our presidents have been married.
If Donald wins, he will be second US president who has ever been divorce. The first was Ronald Reagan, who split from Jane Wyman in 1949. The Republican nominee has TWO divorces under his belt, from Ivana Zelnickova and Marla Maples.
5. There are a series of requirements you must pass before running.
If you want to run for president, you must be at least 35-years-old, a permanent US resident for at least 14 years, and considered a natural US born citizen. Remember that fiasco when people thought Barack Obama wasn’t born in the US? His birth certificate proved that he was born in Hawaii, so calm down.
HollywoodLifers, what do YOU find most interesting about Election Day?