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In pictures: America votes

Obama supporters gather in Grant Park, Chicago

Supporters of both candidates have started to gather to await the official declaration of the results.

election officials tally up votes in Hart's Location, New Hampshire.

The first polls have closed and first projected results are in, as a ground-breaking US presidential election nears its climax.

 Voters wait in voting lines at a polling place long lines at Lincoln Court November 4, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tens of millions of people across the United States have been going to the polls to elect a new president.

People queue to vote in Washington DC

Several key states are reporting a heavy turnout. A total of 130 million Americans are expected to vote.

Deputy warden Frank Stearns, top, oversees the counting of absentee  ballots, Camden, Maine.  However half the town's registered voters cast their ballots ealry.

If figures prove correct the resulting turnout could be the highest in any election since 1960.

A polling centre in Su Nuevo Laundromat in Chicago, Illinois

Libraries, churches, schools and some more unusual facilities have become polling stations in order to handle the huge numbers of voters.

Ruby polling station

The Ruby polling station is located in a one-room building that dates back to the 1880s, and has been the polling place for voters in rural Seward County, Nebraska, for over 100 years.

A sherrif arrives to cast his vote in Bullock County, Smut Eye, Alabama.

Election officials in some states are anticipating that as many as 80% of eligible voters will turn up to cast their ballots.

Autumn DiPietro, 18, of Allentown, New Jersey waits to vote for the first time on Election Day

Record numbers of young people and people from minority backgrounds are expected take part in the election this year.

Voters queue to cast ballots in the Bronx borough of New York.

Officials say anyone waiting in a queue when polls close will still be allowed to cast their ballot.

Barack and Michelle Obama cast their votes in Chicago

Democratic candidate Barack Obama cast his vote in Chicago, Illinois, where he is a senator, with his wife Michelle.

McCain and his wife Cindy vote in Phoenix, Arizona

Meanwhile, Republican nominee John McCain and his wife Cindy turned in their ballots in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) waves from inside an airplane hanger during his last campaign rally

However, McCain continued to court voters with two final campaign stops in Colorado and New Mexico.

People at polling booths in Warren, Michigan

Problems with polling have been expected as the US system is set up for what is usually a low turnout in presidential elections.

Electronic voting machine in Manassas, Virginia

And some districts in New Jersey and Virginia have already reported problems with electronic voting machines.

An election volunteer in Manassas, Virginia cuts stickers to give to voters.

Mr Obama has been leading opinion polls - but Mr McCain is pinning his hopes on a last-minute resurgence.

Electoral College votes

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