US election: The country takes to the polls
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Trade is brisk at a polling station in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Throughout the morning people have formed a steady queue at the foot of blocks of flats.
Those who stop to talk after mid-morning voting have given their backing to Hillary Clinton.
It is unsurprising. In urban Manhattan, Donald Trump supporters are in short supply.
A woman in her early 30s tells me she held her nose and voted for Hillary – she was a fan of Mrs Clinton's Democratic nomination rival Bernie Saunders.
But not to vote for Mrs Clinton would be a vote for Donald Trump.
Three first time voters were also Bernie Saunders supporters – but would never have considered voting for anybody other than Hillary.
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They will stay at home tonight to watch the results. They fear the atmosphere in the city later tonight – whatever the result.
In the United States, election day is taken seriously.
State officials will be given time off during the day to go and cast their vote. Some businesses will do the same.
In the polling station, getting the millions of people through the doors is an efficient process.
Although the staff are flustered, everybody knows their role.
In the United States there is a relief that election day has finally arrived, and for most, a hope that life will return to normal and something other than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton trading insults will dominate the airwaves.