MILWAUKEE -- Although voter turnout won't be known until after the election, long lines throughout Election Day on Tuesday, November 6th could provide some indication of just how many took to the polls.
Jamie Elder was the first person in line to cast his ballot in downtown Milwaukee. Even before the polls opened, lines wrapped around the hallway more than 200 people deep. Lines to register to voter were also long.
Even with the long wait, city election officials reported no problems with machines. It was a smooth process, even for first-time voter Nate Bonich.
"Thought my vote didn't matter, and this year I feel strongly for who I voted for," Bonich said.
The Government Accountability Board predicted a 70% turnout among eligible voters in Wisconsin. That's roughly three million people statewide -- on par with voting trends back in 2004. However, voters say this election is much more intense in this battleground state.
"For me, it's the whole civil rights movement. I have a cause. I have a reason, I have a purpose," Juanita Brown said.
Brown says she voted for President Obama, just like the last election.
"I think he's not done. I think that he needs to finish his mission, and I think that he's going in the right direction," Brown said.
Others want change.
"I voted for Romney - no doubt about it. I think he's a strong leader. I think he'll get us back on both economic solid standing and internationally," Larry Mahoney said.
Voters say no matter the candidate or party affiliation, voting is important.
"People are always going to be unhappy. If you want to complain, you have to vote. It's your right," Bonich said.
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