According to reports, voters packed polling stations. Some of them encountered familiar problems such as lost voter registrations and malfunctioning machines, but other voters faced new electronic voting machines, put in place for the first time in this election. The new technology led to some confusion both for voters and for poll officials.
While voters swamped polling places nationwide, they also rushed to the Web. The election Web sites of the presidential candidates, news sources and blogs were among the top destinations.
A day before the election, the sites of both candidates recorded traffic surges. GeorgeWBush.com received 317,000 unique visitors on Monday, a 103 percent jump from the average of the four previous Mondays, according to data from comScore Networks Inc. JohnKerry.com saw a 128 percent increase for the same period with 306,000 visitors, comScore reported.
For online news sites, the trend was similar. On Monday, five of the top sites together had an average of 15 percent more traffic than for the previous four Mondays, comScore said. The five sites analyzed were CNN.com, FoxNews.com, NYTimes.com, USAToday.com and WashingtonPost.com.
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