Obama is first president to vote early

By REUTERS
October 26, 2012 02:47

 
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CHICAGO - US President Barack Obama cast his ballot for the November 6 election on Thursday in his hometown of Chicago and encouraged others who could vote before Election Day to follow his example.

Obama, who was a US senator from Illinois and had before becoming president, went to an early-voting facility to show his driver's license before making his pick for president.

"I'm just glad I renewed my driver's license," the president said after a poll worker asked to see his photo ID. When he handed it over, she studied it closely.

"For all of you who have not yet voted early, I just want everybody to see what an incredibly efficient process this was," he said to journalists afterward.

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