Election Day in November 2009 is happening today. The main focus is on three particular elections ( Virginia, New Jersey and New York ). Both Virginia and New Jersey are having a race for Governor. The U.S. House election is occurring in New York.
Interested in where to vote based on your location, district, or zip code? Use the following resources to locate your polling place:
New York (NYC): https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx
Virginia (VA): https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/PublicSite/Public/FT2/PublicPollingPlace.aspx
Here is some background information on Election Day:
Election Day is the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Registered voters in the United States cast their votes for presidential electors on this day. The Electoral College is formed from these electors. These electors meet on the first Tuesday after the second Wednesday in December to elect the President and Vice-President.
Congress established Election Day in 1845 in response to abuses caused by the previous system of electing the President and Vice-President. Under the old system, states could appoint electors at any time within 34 days prior to the convening of electors in December.