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

November 6, 2012 - 6:34 PM
America Votes

Bob Warhola casts his vote at a polling place inside a residential garage, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Forest City, Pa. After a grinding presidential campaign President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, yield center stage to American voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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.