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Images of the vote, from a school gym to a shelter

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6 2012 1:25 p.m. MST

People line up to vote at Lindell School, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Long Beach, N.Y., one of several voting locations that was created as a result of Superstorm Sandy.  Voting in the U.S. presidential election was the latest challenge for the hundreds of thousands of people in the New York-New Jersey area still affected by Superstorm Sandy, as they struggled to get to non-damaged polling places to cast their ballots in one of the tightest elections in recent history. (Kathy Kmonicek, Associated Press) People line up to vote at Lindell School, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Long Beach, N.Y., one of several voting locations that was created as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Voting in the U.S. presidential election was the latest challenge for the hundreds of thousands of people in the New York-New Jersey area still affected by Superstorm Sandy, as they struggled to get to non-damaged polling places to cast their ballots in one of the tightest elections in recent history. (Kathy Kmonicek, Associated Press)

On a chilly Vermont morning, a voter fills out a ballot at a table near the old wood stove at Calais Town Hall. In Chicago, a woman votes at the Su Nueva Laundromat, surrounded by industrial washers and dryers. In Elizaville, Ky., a few people arrive early at a general store built in 1821 to cast some of the day's first ballots.

Americans who show up at the polls on Election Day all have something in common — they're filling in bubbles, punching holes and touching screens to choose who will represent them in government for the coming years. But the scenery and the imagery vary widely, together painting a portrait of a nation that's diverse in its population, its geography and its culture.

Here's a selection of AP photos offering a taste of what voting looks like around the U.S., from an elementary school gym in Montana to a makeshift shelter in coastal New Jersey.

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