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Photos: America votes in laundromats, schools, libraries

Nov 8, 2022, 5:43 PM | Updated: 5:52 pm
Kash Strong, 3, peeks out from under the curtain of a voting booth as his mother Sophia Amacker cas...
Kash Strong, 3, peeks out from under the curtain of a voting booth as his mother Sophia Amacker casts her vote on Election Day at the Martin Luther King Elementary School in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Americans were voting Tuesday in a key election that will decide whether Republicans end the Democratic Party’s hold on Washington and take back the House and Senate.

Voters in Salt Lake City on Nov. 8, 2022. (Michael Houck/KSL TV) Voters in Salt Lake City on Nov. 8, 2022. (Michael Houck/KSL TV) Poll workers are seen in a reflection while members of the Orthodox Jewish community register to collect ballot papers at a polling center on, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) Poll worker Alany Gonzalez sets up another voting booth in front of dryers at the Su Nueva Lavanderia near Chicago's Midway Airport Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Clive Miller casts his ballot at a firehouse polling station in the midterm election Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) A voter waits in line as Ohio voters cast their ballots in a fitness studio at the Everybody Fitness Center in Dayton, Ohio Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Kash Strong, 3, peeks out from under the curtain of a voting booth as his mother Sophia Amacker casts her vote on Election Day at the Martin Luther King Elementary School in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The balloting marks the first major national elections since the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June to end constitutional protection of abortion rights. All 435 seats in the narrowly held House and one-third of the evenly divided Senate are being decided.

Emotions were raw as people stood outside libraries, fitness centers, laundromats and fire stations to begin casting ballots. From Lewiston, Maine, to rainy Pacoima, California, they held infants in their arms and wore uniforms, suits and workout clothes as they waited to vote. Many said inflation, abortion, crime and the future of democracy weighed heavily on their minds.

Associated Press photographers fanned out across the U.S. to capture voting on Election Day.

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Photos: America votes in laundromats, schools, libraries