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POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 5:50 PM

Life-long friends Chris Le Vine and Chris Leto, both 20, voted in their first presidential election today at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church on Montgomery Ave.

Both registered Republican but Leto voted for Obama, and Le Vine for McCain.

While they debated the issues, neither was disappointed they couldn't convince the other to change their vote.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 5:22 PM

Kia Gregory reports at 5 p.m.:

First time voter Kazeem Animasaun, 18, stands in a long line with hundreds of other voters outside of North Philadelphia’s Penrose Recreation Center, where workers say more than a thousand people voted today.

De La Soul’s Me Myself and I blares from the loud speaker. Kids play with balloons animals. And there are stacks of bottled water on tables.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 5:12 PM

Gail Shister reports:

Mayor Nutter joined Obama campaign volunteers on a flatbed truck that blared music as it zigged and zagged its way through West Philadelphia, passing the University of Pennsylvania and stopping briefly at Drexel.

“Say O-ba-ma. O-ba-ma,” the mayor rapped in a steady, syncopated rhythm. “Wake up Drexel.”

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 4:52 PM
Filed Under: Live from the polls | Suburbs

Nancy Petersen reports:

Mary Fisher, 64 of Coventryville figured she would vote during her lunch hour but unfortunately her last name began with “F.”

At Owen J. Roberts High School in northern Chester County, the line for voters whose last names began with the letters A through L stretched from the gym halfway down a hallway at the senior high school, causing more than a hour-long wait.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 4:49 PM

Michael Vitez reports:

4:30 p.m.

Steve Harley, 65, voted in Moorestown and said he was glad election season is over.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 4:47 PM
Filed Under: Live from the polls | Suburbs

Mari Schaefer reports:

By 4 p.m. the Radnor Library precinct in Wayne had 995 voters come though the door - about the same as in the last presidential election. While there were lines this morning, now people came in and were done in five minutes.

"Most people in Radnor vote in an election like this," said Jane Golas, judge of elections. In 2004, she estimated 90 percent of the registered voters came to cast a ballot.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 4:14 PM

Mike Vitez reports:

3:20 p.m.

First-time voter Peri Alpay, 21, is a student at Ursinus College and was thinking of voting absentee in her hometown of Howell, N.J.  But she couldn't pass up the excitement of doing it in person.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 4:08 PM

Marcia Gelbart reports:

3:55 p.m.

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