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Light Turnout, Some Violence As Afghans Vote

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Voting is scheduled to end this hour in Afghanistan, which is holding its second presidential election since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001.

The latest Associated Press report from Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, leads with this summary of how the day has gone:

Taliban threats appeared to dampen voter turnout in the militant south Thursday as Afghans chose the next president for their deeply troubled country. Insurgents launched scattered rocket, suicide and bomb attacks that closed some polling sites.

From Kandahar, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson told Morning Edition's Renee Montagne that explosions in that southern Afghan city appeared to dampen turnout, but that some voters still got out to the polls:

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Also, from the Afghan capital, NPR's Jackie Northam reports that "there was light turnout at many Kabul polling stations when they opened at 7 a.m. local time" and that security was heavy. "Afghan soldiers and police have flooded the city," she says.

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The Guardian is live-blogging the election news here. It's pointing to the Pajhwok Afghan News agency, which is using Twitter to post updates from reporters. According to Pajhwok, some polling precincts in Khost have run out of ballots. The news agency is also saying that some voting places may stay open an hour or so past the scheduled 7:30 a.m. ET closing time. It passes along reports of some districts being closed because Taliban fighters are preventing voters from getting to the polls.

Reuters is reporting that some trouble-makers are showing voters that they may be able to wash off the ink that is supposed to stain the fingers of those that have already cast their ballots.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan is using Flickr to post photos from around the country.

If neither incumbent President Hamid Karzai nor any of his many rivals get 50% of the vote, there will be a runoff between the top two in October.