Across The Nation, Voters Reveal Choice

Voters from Columbus, Ohio, Greensboro, N.C., Brighton, Mich. and Bedford, N.H., talk about their choice for president.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Finally this hour, millions of people are casting ballots today. By some estimates, as many as 140 million people may vote, including early voters, and that's a record number. Throughout the program, we've been hearing the voices of some of those people at their polling places.

Ms. MEGAN BRAUN: I'm going with McCain all the way. My family is the most important thing. Safety is very important, and I'm going with the man. Protecting our country, number one for me.

Mr. STEPHAN WANCH: I voted for Barack Obama. I agree with a lot of his issues to help save this miserable economy, especially the one that we find ourselves in, in Michigan. I think he brings a lot of hope.

Ms. MAUREEN CHISHOLM: I voted for McCain. I wanted somebody that had more experience with the military. I have a lot of family in the military, and I just wanted somebody with experience, someone that knew more about the issues.

Ms. SHANIKA BANKS: I voted for Barack. I'm excited. I just turned 18 today, so I got to vote on my birthday.

BLOCK: That's Shanika Banks of Columbus, Ohio. Happy birthday. We also heard from Megan Braun of Greensboro, North Carolina, Stephan Wanch of Brighton, Michigan, and Maureen Chisholm of Bedford, New Hampshire.

Join us on most NPR stations for election coverage starting in just about an hour, at seven PM Eastern. You can also get results and analysis at our website, and you can check out and interactive map of voting problems at the polls. That's created by reports submitted by voters. That's at npr.org.

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