Polling locations in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake were fairly active early this morning.
In Lake Placid, at the North Elba Town Hall, several voters were filling out their paper ballots at about 6:30 a.m. today. Election worker Peter Bartoldus of Lake Placid said the polls were busier than normal.
"People were waiting outside before we opened," he said.
A woman signs in to vote at about 8 a.m. today at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
As Bartoldus spoke with the Enterprise, several Lake Placid residents were signing up to vote. Brian Barrett commented that he wanted to "get it out of the way." Asked whom he was voting for, Barrett hesitated at first.
"You caught me before my first cup of coffee," he joked.
"I'm voting for (Barack) Obama and (Bill) Owens," Barrett added. "I'm a criminal defense attorney, and I feel that sentencing guidelines for nonviolent offenders in this country are out of control. I think that would be worse with (Mitt) Romney and (Paul) Ryan."
Jim Williams of Saranac Lake said he voted at about 6:15 this morning.
"It was busier than I expected, but it only took five minutes and felt well worth it," he said.
Poll workers at the North Elba Town Hall said they will be onsite until about 9:30 p.m. It's a long day, but they said it's worth it, adding that husbands, wives and friends will likely stop by with food.
In Saranac Lake, the polling site in the auditorium of the Harrietstown Town Hall was bustling this morning, with line-ups to sign in and vote.
Down the road at the North Elba Town House, election workers were upbeat. They, too, said it was an active morning of voting.