Election 2012: Voters met with long lines at polls

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In Battleground Virginia, voting today meant waiting in extremely long lines.

At Arlington’s Fire Station 10, the pre-workday voting stretched well until the mid-morning. Chilly but patient voters stood and waited for more than two hours to cast their ballots.

“Last time I voted in 2008 it was like a 30-minute wait max so this is a surprise,” says Dermot Rourke.

“I’ve already been on the line for well over an hour and I expect to be here at least 45 minutes more,” says Barbara Kavanaugh.

A record-setting 131 million people voted in the 2008 presidential election. Today may exceed that historic number. Politico’s White House correspondent, Josh Gerstein, says the big winner today will be determined by the size of voter turnout.

“If it comes close to 2008 levels, that will be very strong for President Obama,” says Josh Gerstein. “If it doesn’t get up there, it’s stronger for Mitt Romney because his voters tend to be more enthusiastic, at least according to the polls.”

In Montgomery County the short line outside the Clara Barton Community Center was deceiving. Inside people waited in lines that snaked through several hallways, but few were deterred from voting.

“I don’t like waiting, but all things considered it could be a lot worse,” says Mike Grey.

“I don’t know what the line’s doing up there,” says David Croyder. “I understand it’s up there and doubling back so it will be a long time for a guy 84 years old with arthritis in my back, but I mean I love voting.”