Voting Lines Are Already Sprawling Across America

Even if you got up early to vote on Tuesday morning, there's a good chance you'll be waiting in line

Soon after polls opened, many voters reported long waits in line — REUTERS
Nov 08, 2016 at 10:04 AM ET

Performing one’s civic duty by voting in the presidential election comes with a necessary evil: waiting in line. If you were one of the 42 million people who voted early, you managed to avoid the lines sprawling out of polling offices and around city blocks across America on Tuesday.

If not, chances are you’ll be facing a line — even if you did wake up early to beat the crowds. Vocativ searched Twitter for mentions of the word “line” and words such as “poll” and “election” and discovered around 40,000 tweets between 5 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. EST Tuesday. Most states opened polls between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. local time, and remain open for around 12 hours before counting begins.

Social media users all over the country posted pictures and videos showcasing the seemingly large numbers of people who have come out to vote. If early voting numbers are anything to go by, turnout could be slightly down on 2012, when 46 million people cast their ballots ahead of election day. However, early reports suggested turnout in battleground states was high.