CBNNews.com - VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Talk about "early voting." Across the country, a record number of people arrived before dawn on the day that marked the end of what seemed like an endless campaign season.
For many voters, the lines were as long as the day went on, with last-minute rushes also predicted before closing time.
Despite the crowds, most voters showed patience at the polls as they waited in line to cast their vote for President of the United States.
"Very, very smoothly. It's nice to see so many people coming out. It's really an exciting day. It's a testimony to our great democracy that so many people are coming out to participate. -It just hope it would happen every time we have elections," said Virginia voter Rabbi Israel Zoberman.
Despite the wait, the voters CBN News talked to say their experience was a positive one. In fact, the chief election official at one Virginia Beach polling site said they had only minor glitches to report.
"No problems other than just little glitches with the machines," Chief Election Official Johnnie S. Miller said. "They get a little tired, but usually, after you punch the right button, they are up and running."
Others considered the lines worth the wait, counting it a privilege to vote as an American.
"It was very nice. The poll workers were very polite," said voter Barbara West. "The people in there were merging lines, which is nice. I'm an American. I'm proud of it, so I do want to vote always."
Virginia voters could face the possibility of a contested election result. John McCain's campaign has filed a federal lawsuit against the state in an effort to extend the deadline for overseas military ballots.
His campaign says many Virginia counties were late mailing out absentee ballots. McCain wants the state to accept those ballots for ten more days. No hearing has been set.
The sheer number of voters in this election is one for the record books. Tuesday's contest was held at more than 7,000 election jurisdictions across the country, with voter registration numbers up 7.3 percent from the last presidential election.