At polling places set up in churches and schools and office buildings, voters across the United States lined up early for what everyone agreed was going to be a close election:
"I came there at 5:40 A.M. and I was the ninth person in line. We waited around until 6:30 (when the polls opened). They had donuts and coffee in there, but no one wanted any of that because they wanted to make sure they kept their place in line," one voter said.
"I walked out and I could not believe the lines already,” said another. “We got here at a quarter ‘till 6:00 so we could get in at 6:30 and we were third in line. The line is wrapped all the way around church now, it's amazing the people who are showing up for this."
Those in line - whether in Ohio or Colorado or Texas - all had different motivations for voting:
"For me, it's important to vote because my father fought in World War II, and he saw a lot of his close friends die. And I think we owe it to all of our troops who are fighting for our rights to get out there and vote."
"Well, I think it's a privilege to vote on selecting our government. There are so many countries that don't have that privilege, I think it's important to exercise it here."
"This is the first time I've really become active in a campaign because I think this country is going in the wrong direction and I want to help turn it around."
"As an American Indian, I have an obligation to vote. This year, (the big issue for me is) this war. I don't like it, I don't like these beheadings and all going on. He (President Bush) is not doing anything! Kerry might."
"Nine-eleven. After everything that's happened. The last time I voted I was about 23 years old. But since Bush has been in office and what happened with 9-11… I think it's just time for a change."
"It reminds me of when (John) Kennedy was running. A lot of people feel it's urgent they get out there… and I hope everybody gets out there and votes."
"I just disagree with what's going on now, and I really don't agree with Kerry or Bush, so I'll do what I've been doing the last three elections -- vote Libertarian."
Some voters ran into problems when they tried to get their ballots:
"I was an out-of-state voter. I just registered here in Denver, moved here a couple of months ago. I have an Oregon I.D. still, so they (the election judges) are sending me home to get the only piece of identification. I have a phone bill that proves I live at the place I'm registered at in their book."
"They just did not have my name down on the registered voter list. I registered at the Department of Motor Vehicles. My wife registered at the same time, and she was on the list and I wasn't on the list."
But after casting their votes, all agree, they're happy the political campaign has come to an end.
"It's been frustrating. I'm rather tired of it, I want it over with. I think the negative ads that everyone talks about but no one does anything about have kind of gotten to me."
"Feels pretty good. I'm anxious not to see any more political ads for a while."
"It was getting pretty much, I'd say. About time it's over with.
"No, it's just that I hope it's over tomorrow."
That remains to be seen… the first polls close at 7:00P.M. along the East Coast… and then, the counting -- and the waiting -- begin.