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US elections 2016: Obama casts early vote

Obama casts his vote for president in early voting at the Cook County Office Building in Chicago. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Chicago, IL, United States Oct 07, 2016, 09.31 PM (IST)

US President Barack Obama cast an early vote in his adopted hometown of Chicago on Friday during an unannounced visit.

According to AFP, Obama stood before the voting machine at the Chicago Board of Elections office, punched in his choice and smirked when asked who he picked.

A smiling Obama shook hands with the poll workers at the site and thanked them for their "outstanding work" before heading to an electronic voting machine, Reuters said.

"Now they can't see me, can they?" Obama asked the workers as he jokingly shielded his machine from reporters standing nearby, Reuters reported.

Obama’s early vote might be an attempt to get people to poll before November 8. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has also visited key states trying to get supporters to register and vote early where possible.

The outcome of the 2016 Presidential race could well be decided long before Election Day.

"We expect that this year, in the battleground states that we’re focused on, at least 40 per cent of votes are going to be cast before Election Day," said Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, AFP reported.

Obama has been campaigning for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to succeed him in the Oval office.


(WION with inputs from agencies)

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