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.
Our staff is out a polling precincts talking to voters. We'll be sharing some of these small voter profiles on the chat throughout the day. Reporter Heidi Bell Gease was out at Lakota Homes Community Center first thing this morning. One of the people she spoke with while she was there was Sue Niegisch, 54,a paraprofessional at North Middle School. Sue had this to say abot today's election: "I voted for the person that I thought would best do the job. There's not going to be a Superman to save the day. It's taken a long time to get into this mess, and it's going to take a long time to get out of it."
What do you think, is one of the candidates a Superman who can save the day for us?
@Jess - are there a few main issues that drove your decision?
Do you make a cheat sheet for yourself?
What ballot measure did you folks feel the most strongly about?
Reporter Andrea Cook was out at Rapid Valley Elementary School this morning where she spoke with National American University student and first-time voter Brendan Walter, 19. Walter voted for Mitt Romney. Here's why: "I spent time looking at the platforms and the statistics my decision was made by what will happen later on down the line. I was specifically interested in short term goals. From what I know, Obama did nothing. And Romney has more experience and a plan to fix the economy."
Was this your first election? In which presidential election did you cast your first vote?
We are hearing that some voters have had their polling place changed and they didn't know. Did that happen to you?
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 Mary Garrigan stopped by West Park Apartments this morning and spoke with Dylan Fleming, 29, a website technician from Rapid City, is a registered Democrat who said he voted for Obama and against Romney.
Fleming is very confident that Obama is going to win. "Obama is a far more relatable candidate and Romney has a really skewed mindset about reproductive rights women's rights. It's very exciting to feel like my vote has some influence on the election outcome," said Fleming. Fleming added that he would never consider not voting.
Garrigan also said that over 300 people had already voted by 10 a.m. at West Park Apartments and that the precinct has had long lines all morning.
Which race was the main one that got you out to vote today?
Reporter Mary Garrigan is out at Red Shirt. Looks like they're not seeing quite the crush of voters we're seeing in Rapid City - only 14 people have voted so far today.
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.
Reporter Heidi Bell Gease talked to Robert Kimbro, 65, retired, up at Lakota Homes this morning. Kimrbo is typically an independent voter, but he voted mainly for Democrats in this election
"I just heard too many lies from the other party. It seemed like [Romney] was always lying," said Kimbro. "I've worked all my life for [Medicaid and Social Security], and I don't want to see anybody take it away from me."
@CAU - I think there might have been that many at my polling place at 7 a.m. (There weren't really that many, but there were a lot of folks voting.)