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From Lucy Elementary School at 07:37

Lucy Elementary election officer Susan E. McCall shuts down the voting machines just after polls close.

From Springdale Elementary School at 07:35

From Shannon Elementary School-Cafeteria at 07:09

Sarah Carpenter, 47, grew up in Hollywood neighborhood. She owns house and business cleaning service. She and others who live around Shannon Elementary School spent the day making sure people came to vote. People waited in line for two hours early in the morning and a steady trickle followed the rest of the day. It picked up again after people got off work.

From Shannon Elementary School-Cafeteria at 07:09

From Shannon Elementary School-Cafeteria at 07:09

From Brunswick Cumberland Presbyterian at 06:50

"It's quiet now, but it's been hopping all day," said Pam Irving.

From Holy Nations Church at 06:29

Laura Scott, 30, who frames pictures for a living, voted for John McCain at Holy Nation Church in Raleigh.

From Mt. Nebo Baptist Church at 06:19

Voters cast their last minute votes at Mt Nebo Baptist Church on Vance Ave Tuesday night.

From Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church at 05:59

From Whitten Memorial Baptist-Family Life Center at 05:50

Jack Given has been an election official for 26 years and was shocked by the voter turnout at the Whitten Memorial Baptist polling location today. Having churned through a steady stream of voters all day, Whitten Memorial had almost reached the 1,000 mark, but Given was still looking forward to a busy evening of counting votes. "The real work starts after we close up in here,” he said. “It can be a madhouse with all we have to do. Well, I hope it gets busy, cause I want to go home. My feet hurt."

From Balmoral Elementary School at 05:45

Trent Riggins, 50 (seen below showing a voter a sample ballot before she gets to the machine), has been a poll judge at Balmoral Elementary School for 10 years and said this is the highest turnout he has ever seen in his precinct. Between the early voting numbers and the volume throughout the day today, he estimated the turnout for his polling location could be near 90 percent. "It's really fun seeing the thrill of the first time voters," he said. "We've had about 20 today." <br /><br /> Living in the neighborhood, he said it's also neat to see all the people he only sees on Election Day. "I saw a man I played soccer with 30 years today." <br /><br /> As one voter finished and headed to the door, she turned around and approached Riggins. "You're always so pleasant and helpful," she said. "I just want to thank you for what you do."

From Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church at 05:45

Poll worker Sharon Walp huddles in the cool evening air outside Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church during the final hours of voting Tuesday. Walp, who is currently unemployed, hopes to see a change in the economy by casting her vote for Barack Obama. “We need a change, I'm tired, been down too long,” she said. “Everybody should be ready for a change.”

From Graceland Elementary School at 05:44

The road to change started at a familiar place for Christopher Williams. The 29-year-old motor cage escort came to his former school, Graceland Elementary, to vote for Obama. It took him 20 minutes to cast his vote for Barack Obama, the man he calls "the candidate for change."

From Pine Hill Community Center at 05:30

Laura Morris can't remember if the first vote she ever cast for president was for Dwight Eisenhower or Harry Truman. "I registered at 21, and I've been voting every since," the 81-year-old retired nurse said.<br /><br /> Morris, a Democrat who voted for Barack Obama, sat in a chair in the lobby of the community center and watched as about 25 others waited to vote. She was most impressed by the youth turnout.<br /><br /> "I'm amazed," Morris said. "It's wonderful to see all these young people voting." <br /><br /> Outside, Zola Hayes handed out campaign literature on behalf of Tennessee House District incumbent Lois DeBerry. Hayes, a 66-year-old homemaker and frequent volunteer, has been a tireless supporter of DeBerry over the years and said the state representative "really represents her constituents." <br /><br /> Hayes arrived at Pine Hill at 6:45 a.m. and said the polling station was very busy in the morning before people went to work, then remained steady for the rest of the day. After a long day, Hayes said she was eager to see the election results.<br /><br /> "I'm ready to go home and see what happens," she said. "I'm excited and hopeful" that Barack Obama will win the presidency.

From Macon Elementary School at 05:27

Teacher Deena Spuryer tells why she's voting for Mccain outside the Macon High Academy

From Lewis Center at 05:23

From Annesdale Cherokee Baptist Church at 05:20

With just a few cars outside in the parking lot, the inside of Annesdale Cherokee Baptist Church was still and quiet. The loudest sound heard was the squeak of the door as Arthur Rooks left after casting his vote. <br /><br /> “People that vote early put themselves in the crowd,” said Rooks, 58. “Everybody has the same mindset -- to come early in the morning and miss the crowd. But it usually backfires on them.” <br /><br /> While it only took “about five or ten minutes” for Rooks to vote, he said he would have waited in line if he had to. His reasoning was simple -- to have a voice.<br /><br /> “If you don’t cast your ballot, you’re not speaking.”

From Macon Elementary School at 05:00

The dynamic voting line at Macon High Academy has finally stretched out the door again as voters have quit work for the day. <br /><br /> The line had stretched 87 feet beyond the door from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and shortened to nothing during midday. About 300 people voted by midmorning, which is more than voted here all day in either of the last two elections, said election officer Joan Demarco.<br /><br /> Teacher Deena Spuryer, 38, said she’s voting for Republican John McCain because his values are more in line with hers.<br /><br /> Meanwhile, Demarco, anticipating a resurgent line, acted to make room for it. “Let’s move these chairs cause the line’s fixing to grow,” she said.

From Whitehaven Community Center at 04:45

As Edmond Horne, 67, waited for his wife to finish voting at the Whitehaven Community Center, the Vietnam War veteran and former felon explained why he wouldn't vote even if his voting rights were restored.

From Sharpe Elementary School at 04:45

While crowds of voters filed in and out of Sharpe Elementary School to cast their ballot, the sidewalk outside may have been just as interesting.<br /><br /> No less than 15 feet apart stood rival campaigners, each pushing their candidate. One handed out pamphlets containing information on Tim Cook, while another held a sign for Mike Kernell. Both men are in a heated race for the State Representative seat for District 93 in Orange Mound.<br /><br /> Then the candidates showed up. <br /><br /> “What is my goal in this campaign? I’m trying to retire a 34-year incumbent,” Cook said. “When you’re out of step and out of touch with the community, it’s time to retire.” <br /><br /> Cook said he’s been to several polling places throughout the city and has received a positive response from most voters. <br /><br /> “People have been really nice. They’re positive and upbeat,” he said. <br /><br /> Kernell agreed, motioning towards the people going in and out of the school’s gymnasium to vote. <br /><br /> “It’s been kind of quiet during lunch and the afternoon, but it’s going to pick up right now,” he said.<br /><br /> Kernell might best be known for the actions of his son, David, 20, in allegedly hacking vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s e-mail account in early October. <br /><br /> When the situation was mentioned, Cook just laughed and said he didn’t want to talk about his son.<br /><br /> Then Cook’s campaign helper and friend of four years, Jimmy Wagner, added his two cents: “If you look at that family, the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

From St. Luke's United Methodist Church at 04:36

Alexandre Meadows is a 35-year-old American born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and voting for the first time in a U.S. presidential election. <br /><br /> His choice? Barack Obama, because, he says, changes need to be made. On the local scene, he's not so confident and, he says, didn't really pay attention to the referendums at all.<br /><br /> Although the nursing student at Southwest Tennessee Community College is a first-time voter, he doesn't appear excited in the least. In Brazil, he explains, voting is mandatory. At 16-years-old, it's optional, but at 18 it's required unless you can give sufficient cause not to vote.<br /><br />

From Sycamore View Church of Christ at 04:30

The lines were starting to get longer at Sycamore View Church of Christ Tuesday evening as voters get off work, but the longer lines didn't deter Ray Vanhook, 24, from casting his ballot. When asked why he didn't opt for early voting Van hook shrugged and said it didn't fit into his work schedule. "I voted though, and that's what counts, right?" He said. Video one of two.

From Sycamore View Church of Christ at 04:30

The lines were starting to get longer at Sycamore View Church of Christ Tuesday evening as voters get off work, but the longer lines didn't deter Ray Vanhook, 24, from casting his ballot. When asked why he didn't opt for early voting Van hook shrugged and said it didn't fit into his work schedule. "I voted though, and that's what counts, right?" He said. Video two of two.

From New Nonconnah M.B. Church at 04:30

Joyce Jones voted for charter amendments that she hopes will positively affect local elections. "A lot of things need to be changed here in Memphis from the top on down," said the the 49-year-old forklift driver for AT&T. She describes herself as an independent. <br /><br /> "I vote for whoever's best for the job," said White, who plans to be asleep when the election results roll in. She wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to be at work at 6 a.m. <br /><br /> "I'll find out tomorrow who won," she said. <br /><br /> Both White and her daughter-in-law, Dorothy White, walked out of the polling station about 15 minutes after walking in, and both voted for Barack Obama. Dorothy, 23, is a student at the Benjamin Hooks Job Corps Center and is worried after watching news reports about voting controversies in Florida and Arkansas. <br /><br /> "I just want a fair election," Dorothy White said. <br /><br />

From Glenview Community Center at 04:26

Outside Glenview Community Center, Sheronda Parker reflects on the election.

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