President Obama will take a moment from his current campaign schedule to cast his ballot in his hometown of Chicago. First lady Michelle Obama also voted early, sending her ballot by mail.
The vote will make Obama the the first president in history to cast an early ballot.
In an email to reporters, the Obama campaign said the president was voting early “to promote the ease, convenience, and importance of voting.”
USA Today adds that the president pushed early voting during his campaign stops. The paper reports:
“After the Virginia strop, Obama planned to set an example by flying to Chicago to cast his own early ballot.
“‘I can’t tell you who I’m voting for — it”s a secret ballot,’ Obama joked in Virginia, the sixth of eight stops on his national tour. But he added that another early voter — first lady Michelle Obama — ‘said she voted for me.'”
As with everything this close to a general election, the politics of Obama’s early vote are being dissected.
The Hill, for example, points out that the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign are bickering over who has the advantage so far in early voting. The Obama campaign issued a memo “claiming to be well ahead of Romney among early voters in the critical battleground state of Ohio.”
The Republican National Committee responded by saying the memo was “panicked” and “argued that Republicans have been shrinking the president’s lead in Ohio early voting.”