Voting booths have opened across the United States, as tens of millions of Americans cast their ballots in a fiercely-contested presidential election. Opinion polls on the eve of Election Day showed the nation evenly split between Republican President Bush and his Democratic challenger, Senator John Kerry.
Interest this year is especially high, as experts predict a near-record turnout, or more than 120-million voters across the country.
Both President Bush and Senator Kerry spent the days before Election Day making multiple campaign stops in several states. Their focus was on so-called battleground states, where the election is particularly close.
Pre-election public-opinion polls indicate Americans are evenly divided in their support for the two candidates, based on a host of issues, including Iraq, the economy, social issues and security.