Voters Form Long Lines Around the Country

Candidates cast their ballots, too

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 6, 2012 10:38 AM CST

(Newser) – Americans flocked to the polls this morning, forming long lines in many places around the country. USA Today counted 75 people in line at one DC polling place. Here are some of the stories filtering in nationally:

  • Some problems have already cropped up in Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. One poll worker was caught telling voters they needed a registration card and picture ID, when the law only requires one of the two. Several problems with voting machines also cropped up, in one case forcing voters to be turned away for up to an hour.

  • The lines were also long in Massachusetts, where Mitt Romney cast his ballot today, the Boston Globe reports. When asked who he voted for, Romney replied, "I think you know." Scott Brown, meanwhile, marveled at the lines at his polling place. "I've never seen it this crowded before," he said, "and I've been here for 25 years."
  • Joe Biden caused a bit of a stir after casting his ballot in Delaware, when a reporter asked if this was the last time he would vote for himself. "Oh, I don't think so," he replied, which Fox News is taking as a hint that he might run for president again.
  • In New York and New Jersey, confusion reigned, the Wall Street Journal reports. Power outages forced some polling places to make on-the-fly changes, like opening voting machines and switching to paper ballots. "It was very disorganized. You couldn't tell who was running the organization," says one Hoboken voter.
  • The Miami New Times is reporting "imposing lines," even though half of likely Florida voters have already voted—adding that, because Florida's GOP has put 11 lengthy constitutional amendments on the ballot, voting can take a while.

A young boy watches as poll workers hand out ballots to voters in a school on New York's Upper East Side, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
A young boy watches as poll workers hand out ballots to voters in a school on New York's Upper East Side, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, second left, waits in line to vote in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, second left, waits in line to vote in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Voters wait in line to vote at a polling place on Election Day in Billings, Mont., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Voters wait in line to vote at a polling place on Election Day in Billings, Mont., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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