Sam Wood reports:
8:38 a.m.Republican election board workers in at least six precincts in Philadelphia have been tossed by the Democrat judge of elections, the McCain campaign is reporting. The reason provided was that they are the minority party. Election board workers guard the legitimacy of the election process.
Emilie Lounsberry reports:
The line at the Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown, Bucks County, was long but fast-moving once polls opened at 7 a.m. By then, about 200 people were in line, and it was a happy group. People brought coffee, newspapers, books and babies.
Tom Calibeo of Newtown said he came prepared with a cup of coffee and his Wall Street Journal. But even as he was getting ready this morning, he said, he still hadn't completely settled on a presidential choice. But he said he had finally decided.
A report from the Inquirer's Peter Mucha:
7:30 a.m. Finally, a McCain supporter here at the Kilmer Elementary polling place on Chapel Avenue in Cherry Hill.
Sorry, no time to talk, says the young bearded man in a yarmulke before driving off in his Toyota.
Kathy Boccella reports:
Forty people lined up outside the Brookline Fire Company at 7 a.m. including longtime friends Janet Chrzan, 44, a Democratic ward leader and Rona Schwartz, 51, a former Republican committeewoman. “We’ve never seen anything like this before,” Chrzan said of the crowd. “This is fantastic.”
A small sampling of voters outside Joyce Kilmer Elementary, a polling place in Cherry Hill, in a small way seemed to confirm what experts have been saying: Republican John McCain will have trouble in New Jersey.
Either of you vote for McCain? I asked a couple of gray-haired women heading for a car. "I think you have the wrong township," said one, as both declined to be interviewed.
Not reluctant was Concetta Seminara, 38, an editor for an academic publisher. "I was originally going to vote for McCain, but I changed my mind because of Sarah Palin," she said. She's also been dismayed about how long the war in Iraq has dragged on. "Hopefully, Obama will be able to wrap it up." She even expressed fears about McCain being "a hothead" who'd get the country into new wars. In her travels abroad, she found America's reputation in the world has really declined. "I hope Obama can restore the good name of the United States." "I feel pretty much betrayed by the Republican Party," she said, adding that under President Bush, the party has worried most about "the wealthiest segment."
Ed Colimore reports:
Jim Mathews has never seen such crowds at the polling place where he votes in Westampton. Rancocas Road is choked with cars.