Turnout Heavy In Historic Election

voteSTATE – The 2008 election is guaranteed to be one for the history books. After the polls close, we’ll find out if America elected the first African-American President or the first female Vice President in the nation’s history.

But if early indications mean anything, we could also be looking at a historic turnout. Long lines were reported this morning at polling places throughout the state – even Gov. Jon Corzine had to wait more than an hour to cast his vote in Hoboken, according to a report by the Newark Star-Ledger.

By mid-day, the early crowds at most polling sites had given way to a steady stream of voters, but the turnout will most likely pick up again this evening as the work day ends.

Some polling sites have not been up to the challenge – malfunctioning voting machines have been reported in several cities.

A record 5.4 million New Jersey residents are eligible to vote. Seventy-three percent turned out to vote in the last Presidential election in 2004.

Polls will remain open until 8 p.m., and anyone in line before 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote, election officials said.

In addition to the Presidential race, there are two public questions on the ballot. One would require voter approval of most state borrowing while the other concerns the method of appointing municipal judges.

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is seeking re-election. The Democrat is opposed by Republican Dick Zimmer.

There are Congressional races in every district in the state, including the 7th District matchup between Republican Leonard Lance and Democrat Linda Stender that has attracted national attention.

Voters in Middlesex and Union counties will elect freeholders. Clark and Elizabeth have mayoral elections, and there are municipal council races in Carteret, Clark, Linden, Metuchen, Rahway, Sayreville and South Amboy.

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