Voters Across The Nation Reveal Picks

Voters in Tampa, Fla., New Albany, Ohio, and Charleston W.Va., discuss whom they voted for in the 2008 presidential election.


From NPR News, this is All Things Considered, I'm Melissa Block. Across the country, lines of people snake out the doors of school, churches, town halls. It is finally Election Day, and it's a big one. There have been reports of waits as long as seven hours, broken machines and other problems, but also many reports of shorter than expected lines. Turnout is expected to break records. We already know that a record number of Americans registered to vote, more than 184 million people, according to the National Association of Secretaries of State. That's about 10 million more than were registered to vote four years ago. A large majority of those new voters are registered as Democrats. Throughout the program today, we're hearing from voters. First this hour, what issues motivated them?

Unidentified Woman: The issues on the economy right now. I tell you there's not much extra spending money left right now, so I will really try to just kind of budgeting really hard and living from one check to the next, and it's not been like that in the past.

Unidentified Woman #2: To me, what's really important to me will be college affordability. I go to USF, and they have special teams that you just call them up and say, look, I'm going to have to drop out, and it shouldn't have to be that way. People should be able to get an education if we're really wanting, to better the future.

Unidentified Woman #3: I just think that Obama doesn't have enough leadership experience and with the whole not putting his hand over his heart while the national anthem is playing, and just little things that I've heard and seen.

Unidentified Man: I work for a small business dealer and our business has really been bad, and we're looking for someone that can straighten that out, to help us out. Taxes and - watching about the taxes and everything, so hopefully the economy gets back on its feet.

Unidentified Woman #4: I think the single issue that probably prompted me the most to come here today is our right to vote, and our obligation to do that as American citizens.

BLOCK: That's Jean Nolan of Tampa, Florida, Frank Maddingley of Louisville, Kentucky, Emily Levine of New Albany, Ohio, Lindsay Nolan, also, of Tampa and Dionne Bartley of Charleston, West Virginia. ..COST: $00.00

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