From Catherine Lucey: Turnout is steady, but not overwhelming during rush hour at Sidney Hillman Medical Center at 21st and Chestnut streets. Committeeman Job Itkowitz for the 8th ward, 12th division, said they had people lined up down the block this morning. Two divisions in the 8th ward vote there -- the 15th and the 12th. As of 5 p.m., he said about half the registered voters for both divisions had voted.
Dr. David Targan, 34, of Center City, said he left work early at Lankenau Hospital to vote. "I talked to all the patients, they said 'you gotta do it,'" he said, adding that he voted for Obama, despite reservations about his health care plans. "I think McCain to be honest is too old," Targan said. "He's the president 24 hours a day. I don't think he's able to do it."
The talk was all about a crazy morning at the Albert Greenfield Elementary public school, at 22nd and Chestnut where the 8th Ward, 13th Division votes. Judge of Elections Richard Bonds said about 450 have already voted of the roughly 700 on the books. "The morning was the busiest I've ever seen," said Bonds, who has been overseeing elections for 20 years.