Egyptians Vote in Historic Election
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Egyptians are making history today by voting to choose their national leader. We look at the candidates and the role of religion, women voters, the military and the prospects for real democracy. Also, the presidential campaigns heat up after another round of primaries, and race and the right to vote in the State of Florida.
Banner image: Egyptians, both young and old, fill out their ballots in Egypt's presidential election on May 23, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
Presidential Campaigns Heat Up after Another Round of Primaries ()
There was some bad news today for President Obama's re-election campaign. He lost 40 percent of the Democratic primary vote in Arkansas and Kentucky. In the hugely important swing-state of Florida, the latest Quinnipiac poll gives him 41 percent to Mitt Romney's 47 percent, a six point deficit. Reid Wilson is Editor in Chief of the Hotline, National Journal's daily political briefing.
Democracy in the Land of the Pharaohs ()
For the first time in Egyptian history, voters are choosing a national leader, even though a constitution that spells out the powers of the office has yet to be enacted. The military says the election will be "free and fair," but will it cede power to the revolutionaries who overthrew Hosni Mubarak just 15 months ago? With conservative and moderate Muslims on the ballot, what will be the role of religion? Are most Egyptians concerned with who can put food on the table? As the voting continues today and tomorrow, we look at the candidates and what the first election in any Arab country could mean for the outcome of the so-called "Arab Spring."
- Jehan Reda: American University in Cairo
- David Kirkpatrick: New York Times, @kirkpatricknyt
- Thanassis Cambanis: Century Foundation, @tcambanis
- Daniel Kurtzer: Princeton University
- Shadi Hamid: Brookings Doha Center, @shadihamid
Purging Voter Rolls in Florida ()
In the 19th Century, revoking the civil rights of felons was a device for keeping black voters away from the polls. Now, it's performing a similar function. Florida's voting rolls are being purged of both non-citizens and felons. Of the 7000 newly convicted felons, a disproportionate number are African Americans and Democrats. That's according to Steve Bousquet in today's Tampa Bay Times.
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