High turnout at New Hampshire polling site

Here in the swing state of New Hampshire, voting at Webster Elementary School in Manchester required some effort.

Voters had to find a parking space - almost impossible near the school - then walk a fair distance, many with kids in tow. At 10:30 a.m. there were about 350 people already in line.

"I didn't anticipate this," said Megan Doherty, clutching an infant to her chest and holding the hand of bouncy 8-year-old Fiona. "Can you put me in the paper and say I'm awesome?" Fiona asked.

Doherty's wait figured to be more than an hour.

"I've always voted here. This is unusual," said Patty Hicks. "Usually you're out in 20 minutes. I think people realize how important this election is. Every vote counts."

An elderly guy behind Hicks spoke up. "Whenever it's like this, it's to get rid of somebody." He wouldn't give his name.

Bonnie Argeropoulos, an exit poller, didn't know what she would do if the lines continued. "I'm going to run out of surveys," she said. "I've never seen it like this."

Darryl Fears has worked at The Washington Post for more than a decade, mostly as a reporter on the National staff. He currently covers the environment, focusing on the Chesapeake Bay and issues affecting wildlife.
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