Hopewell, N.Y., election inspector Al Wilt waits patiently just past 6 a.m., Nov. 4, 2003, for a resident to come up the walkway and enter the town hall to cast his vote.
Philadelphia Mayor John Street leaves a polling booth after casting his ballot in the city's mayoral elections, Nov. 4, 2003. Voters in Philadelphia were deciding whether to re-elect the 60-year-old Democrat, who has ridden a wave of public skepticism about a federal public corruption probe, or to replace him with Sam Katz, a Republican businessman he narrowly beat four years ago.
Fourth precinct election judge Linda Wright catches up on a little reading, Nov. 4, 2003, while waiting on what workers at the Vincennes, Ind., polling place described as a "light" turnout. As of 8:30 a.m., 38 of the precinct's 850 voters had voted.
As voters cast ballots at the 16th precinct polling place in Vincennes, Ind., Nov. 4, 2003, Cindy McCarthy, left, niece of mayoral candidate Ron Thomas, and Assistant Police Chief Randy Crismore supported their candidates.
Three-year-old Antonio Dorsey II, tries to stay awake while holding on to his mother, Brendshay Roby, as they wait to vote in a north Jackson, Miss., precinct, Nov. 4, 2003. Mississippi Secretary of State Eric Clark anticipated as many as 60 percent of the state's registered voters would exercise their right to select their state and local officials.
Jo Ann Miller, left, and Elaine Greene wave flags as they encourage motorists to vote, Nov. 4, 2003, in Freeport, Maine. "Its about American spirit. People need to vote. That's one of those great freedoms we enjoy in this country," said Greene.
Sam Katz, the Republican candidate for mayor of Philadelphia, prepares to leave the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia after he and his wife, Connie, cast their votes. Katz wa challenging current Philadelphia Mayor John Street in a rematch of the 1999 mayoral election, which Democrat Street won by fewer than 10,000 votes out of more than 430,000 cast.
Rep. Ernie Fletcher, R-Ky., casts his vote at the Cave Hill precinct in Lexington, Ky., Nov. 4, 2003. Fletcher appeared to lead in recent polls to win the Governor's race against Democrat Attorney General Ben Chandler.
Fernando Ward of Augusta, Ga., votes all alone at the 202nd Precinct at Bernie Ward Community Center in Augusta on election day for the Richmond County Commission, Nov. 4, 2003.
Bill Bottonari, a 44-year resident of Camp Hill, Pa., promotes the Republican school board ticket outside the Camp Hill High School, Nov. 4, 2003.
Andrew Wasson, squatting, looks out for incoming voters as his mother, Tara Wasson, votes, Nov. 4, 2003, in Ridgeland, Miss. Mississippians took advantage of blue skies and hot contests Tuesday to vote in what election officials said was shaping up to be a very heavy Election Day turnout, as Mississippians decided races from governor down to decisions on district attorneys.
Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove, right, places his ballot into the voting box with assistance from poll worker Reginald Jones in Courtland, Miss., Nov. 4, 2003. Musgrove was facing Republican challenger Haley Barbour.
San Francisco mayoral candidate Gavin Newsom, center, asks his wife Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom, right, if she is sure whom to vote for as they prepare to cast their ballots, Nov. 4, 2003, in San Francisco.
Mississippi Lt. Governor Amy Tuck talks with poll workers Charles Arnold, right, and Evelyn White, center, after casting her ballot, Nov. 4, 2003, in Ridgeland, Miss. Lt. Governor Tuck was seeking re-election.
Houston mayoral candidate Orlando Sanchez gives a thumbs-up to supporters after voting, Nov. 4, 2003, in Houston. Cuba-born Sanchez, 46, was seeking to become the city's first Hispanic mayor.
Otis Johnson, one of six mayoral candidates in Savannah, Ga., waves to supporters, Nov. 4, 2003, while campaigning in one of the largest mayoral fields in Savannah history. More money was spent in the 2003 election than ever before.
Francois Morin, left, of Sanford, Maine, Joyce Gagner, of Acton, center, and Frances Landry, of Acton, line the sidewalk in Sanford, Nov. 4, 2003. Maine voters were to decide whether to approve two Indian tribes' proposal to build a $650 million resort-casino in southern Maine.
While Karen Konkolics, of Bloomsburg, Pa., votes, her home-schooled children, from left, Hannah, 4; Joshua, partly hidden in the voting booth with his mom, 6; Sarah, 11; Rachel, 10; and Jacob, 8, soak up the election day atmosphere at the Espy Fire Hall, Nov. 4, 2003.