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Editor's Note: Campus Vibe is a feature that provides student perspectives on the 2004 election from selected colleges across the United States. The views expressed in this blog are not necessarily those of CNN, its affiliates or the universities or colleges attended by the correspondents.

Some Aggie Dems disappointed
Clockwise, from top left: Ryan Hagen, Kerry-Ann Hamilton, Gina Goodhill and Dwayne Robinson.
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Edwards vows to 'fight for every vote'

CNN's Bill Schneider says three major issues were key for voters at the polls today.

Early reports show a record turnout at the polls today in Cleveland, Ohio.

Posted: 2:15 a.m. ET
From Sonia Moghe, Texas A&M University

Twenty-one Texas A&M students who made a 1,500-mile round trip to Florida in order to campaign for John Kerry are feeling disappointed.

"We feel pretty bad right now," said junior Brent Lowry.

The 21 members of A&M's Aggie Democrats made their trip on Friday, while missing over three days of school to try and convince people to vote for Kerry said senior Nick Anthis.

"We're crossing our fingers for Ohio," Lowry said.

The group heads back to College Station, Texas, tomorrow and says their efforts will not have been in vain. "We're still glad we did it," Lowry said. "At least we can say we did all we could."

Four hours ago

Posted: 1:14 a.m. ET
From Gina Goodhill, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

About 140 students gathered in Annenberg Auditorium amidst free pizza, cake and popcorn to watch the returns come in. The room was decorated with red, white and blue balloons, and a large whiteboard sat in the corner, displaying a map with stars marking the projected outcomes for each state. The crowd was lively and engaged, cheering slightly when John Kerry was projected the winner of a state.

At a small table littered with popcorn and pizza crusts, Charles LePere, a graduate student studying electrical engineering, sat with his back facing the television. "I have a huge midterm tomorrow, but I can't turn myself away from the election," he said. He was on his way to the library when he saw the giant screen in Annenberg Auditorium and decided to check it out. "That was four hours ago," he laughed.

All present continue to wait

Posted: 12:51 a.m. ET
From Spencer Willig, University of Pennsylvania

With the site of the party empty of poker players, the rest of the Quad waited to be explored. In a number of halls, open doors reveal groups of friends watching the news together, switching back and forth between election coverage and the Gilmore Girls or Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, which is playing on Penn's campus cable channel tonight.

Small cadres of students, armed against a long night of waiting with laptops with wireless Internet connections and stacks of textbooks and homework, are also gathered around large-screen TVs and projectors in lounges and common rooms.

Pennsylvania has meanwhile followed the states from which the most Penn undergrads are from - New York, New Jersey and California - into the Kerry column. While there were smiles and frowns, there was no cheering or hissing from the couple of dozen students in this Quad lounge. All present, typing, writing or drinking coffee, quietly continuing to wait.

It's all about deadlines

Posted: 12:45 a.m. ET
From Dirk VanderHart, Michigan State University

At this point, campus is placid and quiet. The streets are empty and shouts occasionally issued from dormitories, where students remain watching election results.

By contrast, the newsroom of The State News --MSU's student newspaper-- is at its most hectic. After months of dogged reporting on the events leading to this much-anticipated election night, the majority of the editorial staff will remain in the paper's epicenter until well past midnight.

Frustration with slow-coming election results and heated speculation on the ultimate victor sound above the ringing phones. These are not partisan students who have worked to support a candidate in recent months, but there is a feeling that the staff has worked equally as hard at accomplishing a mission.

Now the deadline looms, and accuracy is all that matters.

Getting quieter

Posted: 12:40 a.m. ET
From Amber Brozek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

As midnight draws near, UNL students seem to be dispersing from campus to finish homework at home or in residence halls. The set-up TVs and projection screen area in the student union is now seeing even fewer students than before. More students are typing away in the computer labs than watching the election results. Several party groups have gathered in residence halls for a pizza night as the results continue to pour in. Things seem to be getting even quieter on an already quiet campus.

Junkies and bookworms

Posted: 12:18 a.m. ET
From Chris Blank, University of Missouri-Columbia

With CNN calling Missouri between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., a noticeable divide swept Columbia. But with a twist. Rather than vocal partisan celebrations between Republicans and Democrats gathered, the biggest divide was between the political junkies and the bookworms.

The main student union on the campus had three large-screen televisions broadcasting results with a different crowd gathered around each one. The largest, located on the main floor, ironically, had an audience splitting their attention between homework and the talking heads. The second, a large plasma screen was surrounded by about 20 people watching election returns. While the third was being used by people standing in line to buy food at a snack bar also located in the basement.


Posted: 12:14 a.m. ET
From Ryan Hagen, New York University

The Empire State Building is lit red, white and blue tonight, just part of the sprawling New York skyline visible through the floor to ceiling windows that dominate the north side of NYU's Rosenthal Pavilion, where as many as 250 students have gathered now to watch the election returns on two large screens there.

The biggest cheers of the night in the heavily Democratic crowd came after the victory of Illinois senatorial candidate Barak Obama and when New Jersey was called for Sen. John Kerry.

Three local bands are set to play later this evening as the results come in, though there's not yet a consensus among attendees whether they'll be celebrating or not at the end of the night.

I say consensus, because after trying without success to track down a Republican in the room, I asked one of the organizers of the event if she could point me in the direction of any George W. Bush supporters. "Oh," she said, after a minute, "I think he left." NYU's college Republicans are holding their own closed door party in midtown tonight.

Something to celebrate

Posted: 12:06 a.m. ET
From Spencer Willig, University of Pennsylvania

Regardless of the outcome, some Penn students already have something to celebrate. At a party in the student union sponsored by the student government and Penn Leads the Vote, a non-partisan student get-out-the-vote organization, a fair sized crowd milled between video screens and tables of popcorn, soda and candy.

The blue-shirted Penn Leads the Vote activists may not all boo and cheer at the same news, but they all seem to have the jauntiness that comes with success. They wanted more voters, and that's exactly what they got.

Campus is where the party is

Posted: 11:51 p.m. ET
From Kerry-Ann Hamilton, American University

In the Kerry camp, there are signs on almost every wall, "Nov. 2 Regime Change," "Help is on the Way" and "No W." The cinema-size screens are tuned to CNN, periodic musical performances, free food, and close to 150 electrified students -- no one plans on going anywhere. Students are sporadically cheering boisterously for Senator John Kerry. "We are going to win tonight. We are very confident Kerry will be in the White House by dawn," Jon Dawood, president of AU students for Kerry, said.

The overall tone was tamer at the College Republican party with about 40 students. However, these George W. Bush supporters were no less confident. Fox News was the channel of choice. Party attendees had Bush/Cheney as well as other Republicans contenders' stickers covering their garb. Two female students were draped in Bush/Cheney banners, left over Halloween costumes.

Sit back and relax

Posted 11:37 p.m. ET
From Gina Goodhill, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

With less than an hour left to vote, students who already voted were able to sit back and relax.

One student said she considered throwing an election party, but instead decided to go home and bake a cake in honor of the election. At The Hillel Center, about a dozen students were sprawled out on couches, talking to each other and waiting for pizza. Some played ping-pong, but most kept at least half an eye on the television as the returns came in.

Next door at Our Savior Catholic Center, an off-campus voting site for many students, the relaxed vibe was still present, even though the line extended out onto the sidewalk. Some students said they had been waiting for almost an hour and a half to vote. However, no one seemed angry over the long wait -- most just seemed anxious to get inside and vote.

Decisions, decisions, decisions

Posted: 11:11 p.m. ET
From Chris Blank, University of Missouri-Columbia

With the 2004 election fitting prognostications in tightness and voter turnout, the point at which undecided voters jumped onto the Kerry or Bush bandwagon and the reasons are as varied as the viewpoints.

"I moved around through December until about a week ago," freshman Mitchell Stock said. "There wasn't anything in particular, but a combination of all the issues." Stock said that he discussed the election and its issues a few times a week over the last month and that the discussions helped him hatch out where he stands.

While Stock moved into President Bush's column, junior Trevor Taylor decided to support Sen. John Kerry in the past three to six months. "One of the biggest things in my decision was the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction," Taylor said.

One more reason to party

Posted: 10:51 p.m. ET
From Sonia Moghe, Texas A&M University

Election night is giving Texas A&M students one more reason to party. Several on-campus political groups, including the Aggie Democrats, the College Republicans and the Young Conservatives of Texas' (YCT) A&M chapter are throwing election-watching parties.

"Everyone's talking and watching the election," John Murrey, a senior, said. Murrey stayed with the College Republicans, who rented out a location to host their public election night party.

Mark McCaig was with the YCT eating pizza and watching TV. "We're just having a good time, talking about election results, cheering on the conservative candidates," McCaig said. He and his friends are looking forward to celebrating after results are announced tonight. "Politics is fun," he added.

Addicted for the evening

Posted: 10:35 p.m. ET
From Dirk VanderHart, Michigan State University

As election results come in, research papers and exam cramming are falling by the wayside as Michigan State students sit rapt in front of television sets, rejoicing at any indication their candidate might emerge from the horse race victorious.

"A lot of the sentiment is nerve," said Katie Allardyce, spokeswoman for the MSU Students for Bush. "We have this feeling that this is it."

Still many are speculating the outcome will not be clear tonight -- a cynicism that results from the 2000 presidential election. Whether the conclusion is timely or not, though, the students seem addicted to the news media for the evening.

Not surprised in Nebraska

Posted: 10:20 p.m. ET
From Amber Brozek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

CNN projected President Bush has taken Nebraska, which isn't a surprise to most students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Because classes and studies are winding down this evening, students are starting to watch the results come in at the student union and in residence halls. About 30 students have gathered in the Nebraska Union to watch TVs that have been set up and a large projection screen displaying projected results by CNN.

Nick Roth, a UNL undecided freshman, said he voted for Kerry today and said "I expected it," when asked about the Bush claim on Nebraska. "But it's the ideal that counts in voting," he said.

But, he said, so far all the states that Bush has taken are the same compared to the 2000 election. "I'm not too worried though. The swing states haven't been counted -- and those are the ones that matter. I'm hoping Kerry will win, but it's too close to call right now."

Every vote counts

Posted: 10:14 p.m. ET
From Kerry-Ann Hamilton, American University

Over 80 percent of American University students are out-of-state residents, so scores voted by absentee ballot in today's election. With the election results as close as predicted, especially in battleground states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, students from both sides of the aisle are operating from an "every vote counts" standpoint.

Students in many on-campus common areas are on the edge of their seats, responding to every change on network Electoral College tickers. "It is nerve-wracking" says one senior. "We just hope that our mailed ballots make a difference. Elections have been decided by one vote -- it may just be an absentee."

Business as usual?

Posted: 9:48 p.m. ET
From Spencer Willig, University of Pennsylvania

They may have made history today. They may have registered and voted in unprecedented numbers. But now they have papers to write.

All was quiet at the polling places around Penn as night fell. Though there were ripples here and there -- volunteers energetically asking passersby if they'd voted, a student complaining that her absentee ballot from Florida had just arrived -- the expectation that no winner will be declared tonight has many Penn students I talked to back home for the night. A long circuit of the campus found nothing out of the ordinary.

Some, nevertheless, were clearly intent on making tonight special. A "votergasm" party, for example, is scheduled to start shortly in the Quad, one of Penn's largest dorm complexes (for the uninitiated, these are meet-ups encouraged by the web site, whose participants have ostensibly taken the "votergasm pledge" either to have sex with voters or to deny sex to non-voters). Though this get together most recently seemed to consist solely of a few guys playing poker in front of a television in one of the dorm lounges, a scene not entirely out of the ordinary.

Fight the urge

Posted: 9:24 p.m. ET
From Christy Moorehouse, Portland Community College

Getting through the foyer of the Student Center building means squeezing through the gathering crowd of anxious students waiting for any hint of election results. Thanks to student government at Cascade a television was pulled out in the open and the volume turned up. The crowd shifts and shrugs with the new information of 102 electoral votes for President Bush and 77 for Sen. John Kerry. Some seem relieved, others distraught.

Some PCC students are fighting the urge to skip classes and watch the coverage. One student from the crowd groans, saying, "I have to be in class in three minutes. I'll never be able to concentrate." More students gather as others leave. The talking heads keep active on the television screen and students keep waiting for a larger glimpse of the election outcome.

First-timers and cynics

Posted: 9:00 p.m. ET
From Chris Blank, University of Missouri-Columbia

The election current had varying impacts with some (students) star-struck by the sense of empowerment that voting gave them, while others took a more cynical viewpoint.

Two first-time voters said they were so excited they had trouble sleeping and cast their ballot less than a half hour after the polls opened. "We went down to St. Louis when that debate was going on," freshman Rachel Scheiner said of her and sophomore Jessica Kuechler. "It was hard to sleep last night because this was the first time either of us had voted for president."

As excited as the enthusiastic voters were to cast their ballot and display their American flag sticker for voting, others went to varying degrees to display their frustration with the nominees and the current political situation.

One frustrated journalism student created his own shirt highlighting the futility of voting and taking a fatalistic outlook on the prospect of elections. While this stance was the clear minority, the political discussions and punditry grew tiresome over the course of a long Election Day for some.

"A lot of people are going around and saying, 'Oh I voted. Yay'" freshman Evan Berrios said. "I just don't feel like it's that big of a deal, but all my friends are going on and on about how they voted." He said that he would watch the election returns but was un-optimistic about the future, predicting the United States had peaked and would decline no matter who won the presidency.

Curious from China

Posted: 8:19 p.m. ET
From Amber Brozek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

An hour remains before polls close in Nebraska and there continues to be a steady stream of voters making it to the polls. The polling site near campus where UNL students who live on-campus go to vote, continues to see many voters.

Feng Xian, a UNL second-year graduate student of computer science, said international students don't talk much about the presidential election. But the China native, who came to the United States last year, said it's important for all registered voters to vote here in the United States. "In China, people seldom vote," he said, because voters can only participate in local elections. Xian said although he hasn't heard many students talk about the election today, he will be watching the election results tonight because he's curious to see what happens.

Foreign students lend voice

Posted: 8:08 p.m. ET
From Kerry-Ann Hamilton, American University

Although unable to vote in today's election, the voice of AU's international students population is far from silenced.

The Iraq war, U.S. credibility abroad, and policies affecting student visas are some of the issues that foreign students are debating. Students see strong implications for foreign aid to the developing world based on who is elected.

Currently, many televisions in Leonard Hall, the university's international/intercultural dorm, are equally glued to network coverage. Students have gathered to view a large screen television in the dorm's common area.

Are we there yet?

Posted: 8:03 p.m. ET
From Christy Moorehouse, Portland Community College

The daytime student population may come off as uninterested in the politics of Election Day, but as the evening progresses anticipation for election results is getting more intense. "Has anything happened yet?" one female student asks as she tries to see over the heads of gathering television viewers. Disengaged by the lack of response she moves quickly out the door. Yet, the crowd lingers on until obligations to attend classes clear the building and make room for the next wave of eager students looking for the outcome.

Quieting down at MSU

Posted: 7:57 p.m. ET
From Dirk VanderHart, Michigan State University

It's 7 p.m. -- one hour before the polls close in Michigan -- and every booth at the Wilson Hall polling site on MSU's campus remains occupied. Despite the line of eight students waiting to vote, site volunteer Faye McCracken is thankful things have died down.

"It's finally calming down" she offers, finally relaxing after a day of hustling voters through the polls. "It was a zoo earlier today. This is nice now."

On a nearby couch, two poll challengers sit dressed to the nines, also looking like they need a rest but waiting for a chance to intervene, if necessary. As the minutes pass and the final decision draws near, more late voters walk through the doors. Michigan State hasn't finished having its say.


Posted: 7:44 p.m. ET
From Chris Blank, University of Missouri-Columbia

With a U.S. appellate court allowing challenges in Ohio combined with concerns by Democrats that such challenges would intimidate voters, the issue was of some concern in another Midwestern state. Although a large number of voters said that they did not see any challengers when they voted throughout the morning hours, officials from both parties were at polling locales throughout the city.

Senior Jeannine Campbell said the election observers did not bother her, but nonetheless, she had some concerns that "it might discourage some voters from voting." Other voters said that while the challengers did not directly impact them, it was a bit disconcerting to have so many officials present while they were voting.

Resigned to wait

Posted: 7:09 p.m. ET
From Spencer Willig, University of Pennsylvania

The rustle of leaves underfoot, a brisk chill in the air and the quiet rasp and crackle of skateboarders ruining the stairs outside of the student union - ah, this is fall. These fairly pedestrian sounds are replacing chanted slogans as Penn's campus settles peacefully into election evening. Walking around in the dusk, one could almost imagine that this night is no different from any other.

Many students have special plans for election night, representing a range from those pledged to have a drink for each state their candidate wins to those hoping simply to stay up to see the process end tonight. Few seem optimistic that a new president will be on tap by morning. Twenty-four hours of wakefulness may see the end of a finance problem set or an anthropology paper, but those who remember last year's race are fairly resigned to a long wait.

"W" fashion, cool

Posted: 7:00 p.m. ET
From Sonia Moghe, Texas A&M University

Several A&M students' blogs are emblazoned with Puff Daddy's infamous phrase -- "Vote or Die" -- marking a definite change in student's interests, at least for today.

Senior Mark McCaig said he felt the atmosphere was slightly more political than normal on campus. "There are even more Bush shirts than normal," McCaig said.

Pro-Bush T-shirts with phrases such as "Bush is my homeboy," " Texans for Bush" and "Beat the hell outta Kerry" have become popular among students during the past few months leading up to the election. "Ags for Kerry" shirts are also present.

"(Bush is) so popular on campus that it's cool to wear a W on your chest," McCaig said.

Promoting turnout

Posted: 6:57 p.m. ET
From Chris Blank, University of Missouri-Columbia

The Missouri campus has not been a bastion for political involvement, but the students who have volunteered have played an important role in local and statewide campaigns, in addition to volunteering for the political parties themselves.

Sophomore Patrick Buckalew donned a homemade political T-shirt sharply critical of President Bush, which he said he knew he could not wear while voting. Buckalew said he planned to work throughout the day to help the Democratic Party by reminding registered voters of the importance of the election, by canvassing Columbia neighborhoods to promote turnout, by continuing to work after the Missouri polls close at 7 p.m. and by calling West Coast voters.

"As a member of the (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, this is one of the most important elections," he said. "There is so much at stake for me and my LGBT brothers and sisters that I decided it was time to get up and do something."

Several members of the College Republicans also joined daylong volunteer canvassing brigades in St. Louis.

"All we can do"

Posted: 6:35 p.m. ET
From Dirk VanderHart, Michigan State University

With more than three days of nearly constant work behind them, Michigan State's most politically active students will take a well-deserved break later tonight. Though much of today's contest has seen members of the MSU College Democrats and MSU Students for Bush making last-minute calls and attending polling sites, the students will assemble at bars and celebration halls after the polls close at 8 p.m. to cheer on their candidate.

"We're basically going to mix with people and obviously have a couple of beers," said College Democrats President Randy Niece. "After today, that's all we can do."

And it's not just members of political organizations celebrating tonight. At locations on and off campus, students are gathering with friends to watch election coverage. The functions look a lot like gatherings for a Monday Night Football game, and alcoholic beverages are not uncommon.

Free shots and an open bar

Posted: 6:32 p.m. ET
From Ryan Hagen, New York University

NYU senior Peter Bonestein wants to watch the election returns "like it's a baseball game. More bars should do that." From the students I spoke with, Bonestein isn't alone, and he likely won't be disappointed.

Return watch parties begin to kick off across New York in the next few hours, including one at a bar called "Otto's Shrunken Head," which tonight is offering one free round of shots for each state Sen. John Kerry wins, and an all-night open bar if President Bush is re-elected.

Of course there are more official, student oriented watch parties as well. The NYU chapter of Students for Informed Democracy is hosting a free "voter bash," with live music and free food.

Just another day

Posted: 6:30 p.m. ET
From Amber Brozek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

It appeared to be just another normal day at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The day started out to be a gusty, cold, gloomy day. But the sun came out in the afternoon, however, the activity on campus did not change. No rallies occurred on campus and no parties appeared, urging students to vote. The only trace that it is Election Day was the few students wearing red-and-white "I Voted Today!" stickers posted on shirts and bags.

Election Day excitement, scarce

Posted: 6:12 p.m. ET
From Christy Moorehouse, Portland Community College

Election Day excitement is scarce in the Student Center building of the Cascade Campus. The few voter information posters in the foyer have been tagged, crossed out and re-written over. The familiar sight of voter promoters is long gone and the urgency to pay attention to the election has waned. Three stacked televisions silently ask students to pause outside the library to catch of glimpse of election coverage. With little to report on the outcome so far, students keep walking and promise to check in later when more information is available.

"I Voted" sticker, new logo

Posted: 6:06 p.m. ET
From Kerry-Ann Hamilton, American University

Across campus today, the "I voted" stickers, which adorned hundreds of shirts, was much like a new brand name replacing Nike, at least for today. Students went out to the polls in record numbers, according to political student groups, though many complained of very long lines at voting stations.

There is currently a tense calm as the sun sets on campus; however, it may be the calm before the storm as there are a number of viewing parties scheduled for tonight. The major organizers are the College Democrats and Republicans as well as the Panhellenic Council (Greek-lettered organizations). There will be reaction reports from these events later this evening as results are announced. It will be a very long night at American University as groups assemble to watch the highly contested election unfold.

Early risers

Posted: 5:58 p.m. ET
From Chris Blank, University of Missouri

Although multi-hour waits and endless lines greeted voters in many parts of the country, the roughly half-dozen precincts closest to the campus were noticeably slow. With the polls opening an hour before dawn at 6 a.m., a steady, yet scattered mix of students and community members, fought the stiff November wind, with many even beating an election judge who had the double misfortune of not finding the polling site and then struggling to find a place to park.

While a couple early risers cited a hectic schedule for the day or the conclusion of an all-night study session, a desire to avoid the lines accompanying a voter turnout expected to be unusually high was the most common motivation. While an evening rush was expected before the polls close at 7 p.m., a large number of students had already voted by noon.


Posted: 5:37 ET
From Dirk VanderHart, Michigan State University

For an election day that has been repeatedly called the "most important in our lifetime," the gray, rainy atmosphere on the Michigan State University campus seems typical, even a bit sparse.

Still, lines at local polling spots are fairly steady, with students waiting longer than 30 minutes to cast their vote in some cases. Small, blue and red "I Voted" stickers sit prominently on the jackets and sweatshirts of students throughout East Lansing, and election coverage has replaced more typical daytime programming in the restaurants that dot Grand River Avenue, the city's main throughway.

I've lost count of the number of times I've been asked if I voted by friends and acquaintances, and that number grows every five minutes. Maybe my sticker isn't visible enough.

"Vote or Die"

Posted: 5:32 p.m. ET
From Ryan Hagen, New York University

Election day opened in New York with long lines snaking out of several NYU dorms that doubled as community polling stations. Students reported waiting for anywhere between 15 minutes to a full hour in line before casting their ballots. No fewer than six NYU dorms host voting locations at a university that is very much a part of its Greenwich Village neighborhood. Lines tapered off and disappeared almost completely at most polling locations on campus by mid-afternoon.

There were no official rallies on campus this morning -- though NYU College Democrats handed out fliers listing voting locations for students. In Union Square Park, a group of NYU students handed out free "Vote or Die" T-shirts to passers by. They said they agreed with P. Diddy's message, but were upset that, with the t-shirts normally retailing for around $30, the hip-hop artist had taken civic virtue and turned it into a money making scheme.


Posted: 5:29 p.m. ET
From Spencer Willig, University of Pennsylvania

An early morning traffic jam around City Hall? A major accident? An amateur outdoor car horn orchestra attempting Wagner? Walking up Chestnut Street around 8:30 a.m. this morning, the response generated by a lone man with a "Honk for Kerry" sign at an intersection at the heart of the city could be heard blocks away. On and around campus, dozens of Kerry-Edwards signs lined the streets, while Kerry-supporting students chanted pro-Kerry slogans "One more day!" or "Vote for change!" on Locust Walk, one of the traditional centers of undergraduate life at Penn. While a few Bush-Cheney shirts and signs dotted the landscape, their owners appear to be in the minority.

Though additional polling places were added to serve the Penn population this year to bring the campus into compliance with local election law, students reported fairly long lines by late-morning.

Voter fashion

Posted: 5:05 p.m. ET
From Dwayne Robinson, University of Florida

If clothing accessories are any indication of voter participation, University of Florida students turned out more than usual on Tuesday. "I voted" stickers stuck out on the lapels of a number of UF students Tuesday, as on-campus polling precincts remained busy and reports of lines to vote surfaced. Both Gators for Kerry and students for Bush flocked to a major campus artery for what will hopefully be the last sign waving spat between the groups for this election season.

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