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Decision Day in America! Voters Wait in Long Lines – as Topless Protestors Invade Trump’s Polling Place

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After months of intense, divisive campaigning, Election Day 2016 is finally here.

As is tradition, voters in three small New Hampshire towns cast the first votes of the election at midnight, with 35 ballots going to Republican Donald Trump, and 22 to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, with poll locations opening as early as 6 a.m., some voters across the rest of the country face long lines. Some 45 million Americans have already cast their ballots during early voting.

At Trump’s polling place in Midtown Manhattan, two topless protestors ran through just after 8 a.m. They yelled an obscene chant, in reference to Trump’s leaked tape about grabbing women “by the p—,” before police pulled the women out of the room.

A PEOPLE staffer was in line to vote when the women burst into the polling place, elementary school P.S. 59. on 56th St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave. They walked past Secret Service, waiting there for Trump before stripping off their shirts.

Trump came in to vote a few hours later, at 11 a.m., during relative calm.

At one polling place on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the line stretched over half a block by 5:45 a.m. By 6:30 a.m., it wound to the end of the block and wrapped two-thirds around another.

Michael Zennie
Michael Zennie

Other polling places in New York City, including Greenpoint, Bushwick and Park Slope, Brooklyn, saw short waits to cast ballots.

In the town of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, Clinton earned 4 votes to Trump’s 2, while Libertarian Gary Johnson picked up 1.

ALICE CHICHE/AFP/Getty Images
ALICE CHICHE/AFP/Getty Images

While over in Hart’s Location, New Hampshire, Clinton also grabbed a narrow lead with votes going 17-14 in her favor, with 3 to Johnson. But in Millsfield, Trump took 16 votes to Clinton’s 4, and one vote went to Bernie Sanders.

Because all three towns have fewer than 100 residents, they’re legally allowed to open polling at midnight. However this may be the last year Dixville Notch will have just a handful of voters — a developer took over the Balsams Grand Resort in town five years ago, and hopes to turn it into a large ski resort.

Steve Helber/AP
Steve Helber/AP

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine voted in his home state of Virginia right at 6 a.m., the second voter of the day after 99-year-old area resident Minerva Turpin.

Clinton cast her historic vote just two hours later, at an elementary school near her hometown in Chappaqua, New York.

“It’s the most humbling feeling,” Clinton told reporters.