Wired PR News.com – As millions of Americans wait out long lines across the nation to cast their ballot for the next President of the United States, the candidates themselves turned out early to vote on Tuesday. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was one of the first to cast his ballot in his precinct in Chicago, Illinois as was Republican candidate for vice president, Governor Sarah Palin, in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. Democratic Senator and Obama’s running mate Joe Biden cast his ballot early Tuesday as well in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Republican presidential candidate John McCain voted in Phoenix, Arizona.
Governor Palin spoke to MSNBC press after voting, stating “We have a very optimistic, very confident view of what’s going to happen today.”
More than 140 million people are expected to vote in this election; with a significantly large portion being newly registered Democrats. As CNN has reported, several voting issues were reported starting early Tuesday including those related to mechanical failures, access to polls, and problems with registration. However, some of the issues anticipated have been somewhat alleviated by the large portion of individuals who participated in early voting.