US Elections: Voters turn out in force for Obama-Romney finale

// Politics | US Elections: Voters turn out in force for Obama-Romney finale
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Voters turned out in force for Tuesday’s US election, in many cases lining up for hours to have the last word in the hard-fought race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Freezing temperatures in the northeast, light drizzle in Chicago and the threat of thunderstorms in Florida did little to deter citizens from casting their ballots.

In north Hollywood, California, a mariachi band walked the streets of Van Nuys, rallying the Latino vote for president Obama with popular tunes like “La Bikina” and a banner that read: “For our American dream.”

“There are a lot of people who don’t have the privilege to vote,” said secretary Elizabeth Perez, 37.

“It is our responsibility to our people.”

Her parents came to the United States from Mexico, and she was referring to the nation’s 11.5 million undocumented immigrants.

“Latinos now are the biggest minority. We have to put our people in office for our voices to be heard,” said Ana Frausto, coordinator of the Hispanic advocacy group CHIRLA, which organized the mariachi wake-up call.

In Oakland, across the bay from famously liberal San Francisco, 56-year-old Tommy Jones waited 10 minutes to vote at a Baptist church, only to find the line twice as long when he exited.

“As a black man, it is as important to vote this time as at any time,” Jones told AFP as a woman stepped out of the church, pumped her fist and softly chanted: “Obama.”

In the president’s adopted hometown Chicago, supporters boldly predicted his re-election, even if opinion polls in the run-up to Tuesday pointed to a nail-biting photo finish between the incumbent and his Republican rival.

“Are you kidding? Obama,” said retiree Tim Glisson, 57, when asked who he picked. “I voted for him because of his character, his fairness — just doing the right thing.”

Sandra Rendrich, 64, echoed: “First off, I’m never in my life going to be a Republican.

“Second, I don’t think any president can get done what he needs to get done in four years.”

Besides, she said: “He’s the funniest president we’ve ever had.”

In Miami, however, 72-year-old Ruben Salazar, a Cuban-American who was among the early voters in Florida’s biggest city, said it was time for change in the White House.

“I need a job for my wife, for my daughter, a better future for my grandsons,” he said. “That’s why I’ll vote for Romney.”

The United States has no central election authority, but state and local officials tasked with electoral logistics reported a strong turnout in many parts of the country.

So did an unaffiliated group supporting Romney’s vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan — “The Campaign to Defeat Obama” — in a mid-day fundraising email.

“Polling location analysis indicates there is heavy Democrat turnout so far today,” it said. “We have to counteract this with a late surge of Republican and conservative Independent turnout.”

Florida’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner said turnout in his state — one of the battlegrounds where local results could swing the national outcome — could be “record-setting.”

“We’re excited on both sides,” said Caitrin McCarron, a Republican supporter in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, where lines formed at polling stations before the crack of dawn.

In New Jersey, still reeling from superstorm Sandy that left thousands suddenly homeless last week, large numbers of voters waited in line impatiently amid rubble and rotting rubbish.

In the city of Hoboken, across the Hudson River from New York City, one makeshift polling station was 40 minutes late in opening, drawing complaints from the 60 or so people in line.

“Please excuse the appearance of this place,” a poll worker told the crowd. “Two days ago, it was under two feet (60 centimeters) of water.”

Voters in the critical state of Ohio wrestled with unusually long ballot papers because they were also voting for changes to the state constitution.

“I think that if you had not done some homework, it was very confusing,” said Annie Hamilton, a Democrat in University Heights, outside Cleveland.

Online, many Americans used Twitter to post photos of themselves voting, and FourSquare to pinpoint where they did so. Google re-doodled its homepage logo to help users locate their nearest polling station.

Some voters went so far as to post Instagrams of their ballot papers — something that, in some states, could be deemed illegal.

Comments are moderated. Please keep them clean and brief.

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

US, Canada Condemn Kaduna Bombings

As critiscisms continued to greet Wednesday’s twin bombings in Kaduna metropolis, an Improvised Explosive Device went off at the New Road Motor Park in Kano ... Full story

Nigeria's Nkechi Opara wins first medal in women’s weightlifting at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Team Nigeria on Thursday in Glasgow recorded its first medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games when Nkechi Opara won bronze in the women’s weightlifting 48 ... Full story

Bishop Oyedepo: Nigeria May Split Soon

Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, has warned that Nigeria is on the verge of breaking up if some issues ...

Ebola epidemic gets 'Out of Control' in West Africa

The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease. The epidemic has claimed the lives of more than 600 ...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger deploy 2,800 troops against Boko Haram

Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger have agreed to quickly form a new force that would comprise 2,800 soldiers to fight the Boko Haram insurgents. The defence ...

Nine Nigerian Students Kidnapped In The Ukrainian City Of Lugansk

Nine Nigerian students have been reportedly kidnapped in the Ukrainian city of Lugansk, according to a statement by the representative of the National Security and ...

Bomb Explosion In Kaduna Leaves Many Dead!

An explosion has occurred in central Kaduna killing at least 10 people, a witness has said. The blast occurred Wednesday afternoon along Isa Kaita road which ...

Nollywood Actress Bukky Wright’s Second Marriage Crashes

It appears that the second marriage of popular Nollywood actress, Bukky Wright with her husband, Adewale Onitiri, has crashed. Reports say the couple almost ended the ...

Boko Haram Beheads Nigerian Air Force Officer - Very Disturbing Video

A disturbing video which showed a Nigerian Naval officer identified as Umar Abubakar being interrogated and later gruesomely murdered by Boko Haram men in Borno ... Full story

Popular Nigerian Pastor Chris Okotie Shows Off N400m fleet of cars

No doubt, the ageless multi award winning pop Musician, Chris Okotie; now known as Rev. Chris Okotie is a very wealthy man; who loves seeing ... Full story

Charles Okonkwo Jr., Nigerian in New York arrested after killing brother, beating respected doctor mother into a coma

Charles Okonkwo Jr., a Long Island, New York, teenager with a history of psychiatric problems killed his 15-year old brother and brutally beat his mother ... Full story

Comment on: US Elections: Voters turn out in force for Obama-Romney finale

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

Jim Iyke Finally Dumps Nadia For Good, Flirts with New Mistress

Just as we thought that the rift between Ghanaian actress, Nadia Buhari and Nollywood bad boy Jim Iyke, was gradually getting settled as the duo ...

Actor Solomon Akiyesi Says Goodbye To Second Hand Cars

There is absolutely nothing wrong in buying second hand cars, but for some people, it actually means you are not capable of buying a new ...

Wizkid's Alleged 'Caro' Claims Her Account Was Hacked

Few days ago it was reported that an American based girl named Caro Ikpea called out WizKid's girlfriend Tania Omotayo. If you missed it Read ...

Why I Allowed Basketmouth Use My Name—Real Basketmouth Explains

MC Basketmouth and Basketmount BE FOR BE FOR Many may not know that Bright Okpocha, better known as Basketmouth, is not the original owner of the ...

Toke Makinwa Rocks Same Hairstyle As Beyonce

Popular Nigerian OAP, Toke Makinwa is not known to wear braids, but this time, she has decided to give it a try. She is mostly ...

I Will Bring Dider Drogba Back To Chelsea, He Belongs Here - Jose Mourinho

JOSE MOURINHO has confirmed he is trying to bring Didier Drogba back to Chelsea with a deal possible by the end of the weekend.Drogba, whose ...

Stephanie Okereke Linus Features In Hollywood Movie (SEE PHOTOS)

Stephanie announced few weeks ago that she will be featuring in a Hollywood movie. Check out some of the behind the scene photos she posted ...

I Have Diabetes—Jide Kosoko Declares

Veteran Nollywood actor, Jide Kosoko, has disclosed that he has been living with diabetes since 1996. He made this declaration at the just concluded Nigerian ...

I Once Despised Marriage, But Now I Want It--Pasuma

Fuji star, Wasiu Odetola better known as Alabi Pasuma, has disclosed that he is ready to settle down now because he initially sees marriage as ...

Ghanaian Actress, Efya Owusu Shows Off ‘Dirty’ Armpit Online

Some Africans have always been blamed for trying too hard to emulate the Western world, which they do negatively. Even though many have argued that ...