Voters Who Tried To Beat The Crowd, Couldn't

November 2, 2004 -- Posted at 5:19 pm CST

UNDATED (AP) _ It's the same story in much of the country -- voting is proving to be a very popular activity today.

People who tried to beat the rush by voting early have found lots of others doing the same thing. One woman who waited in line before the polls opened in Raleigh, North Carolina, says, ``We wanted to come out early to vote but we never expected such a heavy turnout.'' A man in Durham brought a chair to sit in, as he waited in a line that stretched across a street.

About 200 people were in line when the polls opened at a middle school in Columbia, South Carolina. A long-time poll worker says, ``It's not normal.'' He says it's nearly twice the early turnout of four years ago.

In Detroit, more than 100 people were lined up shortly after the polls opened at a church near downtown. A 21-year-old man who waited with about 150 people as the polls opened at a Miami church said he wished there were more young people there.

(Copyright 2004, by the Associated Press)