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Voters turned out in record numbers across the country. (12 images)


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African-Americans line up to vote in the presidential election on Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham, along with Selma and Montgomery, were touchstones in the civil rights movement where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led massive protests which eventually led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 ending voter disfranchisement against African-Americans. Americans are voting in the first presidential election featuring an African-American candidate, Democratic contender Sen. Barack Obama, who is running against Republican Sen. John McCain.  Getty Images /  Mario Tama

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A line of voters wraps around the Waxter Center which is being used as a polling place on Tuesday in the Mount Vernon section of Baltimore. AP / Gail Burton

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The rising sun casts shadows of voters waiting to vote at a polling place at Venice Beach lifeguard headquarters in Los Angeles' Venice district on Tuesday.  AP / Reed Saxon

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Voters cast their ballots on Tuesday at Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H. New Hampshire has become a swing state in recent months in the presidential race, as well as having a hotly contested Senatorial race between Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen and incumbent Republican U.S. Senator John Sununu (R-NH).   Getty Images / Darren McCollester

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A guest of a US election party at the representation of German media group Bertelsmann in Berlin stands on a balcony where the US flag is displayed on Tuesday. Americans abroad gathered all over the world to observe their historic election, with front-running Democrat Barack Obama fighting to be the first black US president and Republican John McCain hoping for an upset win.     AFP / Barbara Sax

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People vote inside Chaparral High School in Parker on Tuesday. The Douglas County school was one of many polling places across the county. Many people were turning out in Douglas County but lines were not too long. Election officials at the school thought that early voting helped. The Denver Post / Kenneth D. Lyons

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Early morning sun filters into the conference room of the Sunnybrook Retirement Village in Madison, Miss., on Tuesday, where voters cast their ballots. AP / Rogelio V. Solis

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Bill Fitzgerald, left, signs his name to vote with poll workers Anilu Ruo, right, and Rosalie Perkins, center, at the Westside Laundry in Jersey City, N.J., on Tuesday. Voting machines are moved into this laundromat for voting each election day.  AP / Mike Derer

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A pre-Kindergarten class from Stanton Elementary greets voters with a "Thanks 4 Voting" sign at a polling station in southeast Washington on election day, Tuesday. AP / Jacquelyn Martin

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US Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his wife look at each other at a rally in Grand Junction, Colorado, on November 04, 2008, the day of the US presidential election. Before traveling to Colorado, McCain voted in his local polling station in Phoenix, Arizona, in the morning.  AFP / Robyn Beck

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, talks to his wife Michelle as they cast their votes at a polling place in Chicago on Tuesday. AP / Jae C. Hong

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Acer Bearman-Drummond wears a sticker after voting with his mother, Jessica Bearman, at the Latah County Fairground in Moscow, Idaho, on Tuesday.  Moscow-Pullman Daily News / Geoff Crimmins


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