The American people have spoken and President Barack Obama has won reelection.
At 11:15 p.m. EST on November 6, MSNBC, CNN, NBC News and Fox News called the election for President Obama, giving him the state of Ohio and making it impossible for Gov. Mitt Romney to win.
There were scattered reports of voting problems across the country, with a number of voters who said they were asked to show identification while waiting in line. In Pennsylvania, a judge ordered Republicans to stop demanding identification from voters outside a polling station.
There were also a number of reports of broken voting machines at multiple polling stations. One man in Pennsylvania posted a video of a machine that would not allow him to vote for Obama, apparently a machine malfunction.
Romney voted on Tuesday morning near his home in Belmont, Massachusetts. From there he planned to hit the campaign trail, a rarity for presidential candidates on Election Day. His campaign has scheduled events in Pennsylvania and the battleground state of Ohio.
Obama voted more than a week ago in his hometown of Chicago, part of a campaign to encourage his supporters to take advantage of early voting. About 30 million Americans have already voted, a record number.
One problem for a number of voters was posting pictures of their ballots in polling places. According to the Citizen Media Law Group, Georgia is among the states that prohibit the use of photographic and recording equipment inside polling places. In fact, disclosing marked ballots is illegal in a majority of states.
A search for “#vote” on Instagram’s Explorer tab turned up more than 650,000 photo results as of 4:45 p.m.
After winning electoral votes in battleground states of Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, it was clear the Obama would win reelection.