POLITICS
12/05/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Minnesota Voting Booms Thanks To Tight Senate Race

MINNEAPOLIS - Some Minnesota voters saw long lines Tuesday morning and waits of about an hour as they participated in an election that's expected to see a record turnout.

Even before the polls opened at 7 a.m., several polling places in the Twin Cities area had more than 100 people waiting while election judges set up tables and voting booths.

There were no reports of problems that were serious enough to hold up voting, according to the Secretary of State's office. Some minor issues -- such as one broken machine, or a shortage of pens or voting stickers -- were reported.

Some voters -- sensing the historic nature of the presidential election between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama -- showed up to vote with their children in tow. One mother even took pictures to mark the moment.

"I can't wait to show our grandchildren this one day," said Shannon Burns, as she photographed herself and her 6-year-old daughter, Arie, at a polling site at Maxfield Magnet School in St. Paul.

Burns, who is black, said she was voting for Obama.

"Yesterday, (my daughter) asked me if she could be president and I told her, 'Absolutely,'" Burns said. "I don't think there is a lot of black children who have asked that before."


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