STATE – The 2008 election is guaranteed to be one for the history books. After the polls close, we’ll find out if America elected the first African-American President or the first female Vice President in the nation’s history.
But if early indications mean anything, we could also be looking at a historic turnout. Long lines were reported this morning at polling places throughout the state – even Gov. Jon Corzine had to wait more than an hour to cast his vote in Hoboken, according to a report by the Newark Star-Ledger.
By mid-day, the early crowds at most polling sites had given way to a steady stream of voters, but the turnout will most likely pick up again this evening as the work day ends.
Some polling sites have not been up to the challenge – malfunctioning voting machines have been reported in several cities.
A record 5.4 million New Jersey residents are eligible to vote. Seventy-three percent turned out to vote in the last Presidential election in 2004.
Polls will remain open until 8 p.m., and anyone in line before 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote, election officials said.