October 26, 2012 - 10:37 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Barack Obama on Thursday, Oct 25, became the first sitting president to cast an early ballot in person when he voted at a community center on Chicago's south side, according to nbcchicago.com.
The president arrived at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center, in the 4300 block of South Cottage Grove Ave., at 4:10 pm and was greeted by a crowd of largely African American bystanders who were cheering and waving.
"This is so exciting. I get to vote early," he said.
Despite being president, Obama was asked for his photo ID in order to receive a ballot. He gave an election worker his Illinois driver's license. "Ignore the fact that there's no gray hair in that picture," he told the poll worker.
The president called the whole process of early voting "convenient" and stressed its importance. "It means you don't have to figure out whether you need to take time off work, figure out how to pick up the kids and still cast your ballot. If something happens on Election Day, you will already have taken care of it. If it's bad weather you won't get wet, or in Chicago, snowy."
Ahead of his Chicago visit, the president stressed the importance of early voting during his stop in Florida, hoping to build excitement and boost numbers.
"I've come to Florida today to ask you for your vote," Obama told supporters, "I've come to ask you to help me move America forward."