Hello, everyone. Welcome to our 2012 election live chat. This chat is a pretty wide open thread. Feel free to share your thoughts about how the voting process went for you, who you're voting for (who you're not voting for), and any general thoughts you have. We'll be feeding in photos and voter profiles from our teams out covering the election today.
@Jason, how long was your wait? I waited for 15 minutes and I was there at 7 a.m. I was surprised the line was that long this morning.
@Jess - are there a few main issues that drove your decision?
Reporter Heidi Bell Gease spoke with Roxanne Apple, 50, a Democrat voted for Obama at Lakota Homes Community Center. Apple said she cast her vote for Obama because, "He understands people like us who have a hard time every day, how we struggle. I think the U.S. is a better place with him here."
Reporter Holly Meyer spoke with Tyler Larson, 28, a Verizon Wireless employee and a Republican from Rapid City.
Larson considers himself a staunch Republican, which is why both Mitt Romney and Kristi Noem got his vote. He is hoping the Republicans will take the presidency and the majority in both the house and the senate.
On the backside of the ballot, Larson filled in circles for ballot questions 15 and 16. He voted against the 1 cent sales tax increase and in favor of education reform.
"We don't need to be taxed anymore than we already are," Larson said.
He will be watching the votes come in tonight with a few friends.
@Danno I was the only person voting at Rapid City Public Library a little before noon today. I was voter 63 for my precinct. The other precinct that votes there had 23 names on the sign in sheet.
The upside to a slow start at my polling site was that I got my "I voted" sticker, which is one of the fun perks of voting.
Reporter Aaron Orlowski ran into Pennington County State's Attorney Glenn Brenner at the West Park Apartments polling site. Here's what Brenner had to say about his vote:
Glenn Brenner, 46
Rapid City, Republican
Pennington County States Attorney
Brenner, the current Pennington County states attorney leaving office in January, said he voted a straight Republican ticket, a political stance he said he hasn't been shy about. Though he enjoyed public service, he's glad he'll soon get more time off.
"There's a lot of pressure a stress off and I get to be a regular voter," said Brenner, who was voting at the West Park Apartments polling place Tuesday afternoon.
The polls close at 7 p.m. that means eastern South Dakota only has about 30 minutes left to vote and western South Dakota has about one hour and 30 minutes.
Where is your polling site?
Photographer Benjamin Brayfield spoke to Rachel Maas, 19, in Spearfish today. Here is what she had to say:
Student at Black Hills State University
Maas voted for President Obama but said the campaign got too "harsh" at times. "I just zone it out, pick who I'm going for and I ignore everyone else's opinions."
Kristi keeps her lead with 82 precincts reporting now. Noem: 17,134 Varilek: 12,249