A voter hotline set up by CNN to monitor polling problems received 56,000 calls, 22,000 of them being complaints. The most common problems concerned voter registration, absentee ballots going astray and voting machine malfunctions.
With the stakes high, there were reports of dirty tricks and legal battles, as well as what is now customary chaos at American polling stations. Voter intimidation, faulty machines, late poll openings, missing ballot papers and even the rain brought problems.
The voter who called the police said that one of the men told him: "A black man is going to win the election. We're tired of white supremacy."
Observers elsewhere in
In several states, election officials ruled that anyone in line when the polls close would be allowed to vote, causing the counts to drag on for hours.
Democratic voters in
In Florida, where officials have fought to escape their reputation as an international laughing stock after the Bush-Gore recount debacle eight years ago, there were still problems, with papers rejected by the counting machines when voters failed to fill in details on the reverse of their ballots.
Electoral officials were unable to set up a polling station at a church in
There was also evidence of voter fraud.
A blast of rain sweeping up the East coast disrupted voting in
Thousands had their wet papers quarantined in separate bins while they dried out before officials scanned them in again.
Eight years after he left the White House and seven months after she abandoned her own presidential bid, Bill and Hillary Clinton remained at the eye of the storm. Mrs Clinton attracted complaints for conducting an interview within feet of the polling booths, a violation of election law that bans electioneering 100 feet of voter booths.Extracted from Telegraph