AP Photos: America votes in laundromats, schools, libraries

Nov 8, 2022, 1:11 AM | Updated: 3:48 pm
A poll worker wears a "vote" mask as they check in voters on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, i...

A poll worker wears a "vote" mask as they check in voters on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

              People vote at a lodge on Lake Shawnee, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Julian Garcia, 3, peeks out from under a voting machine at a vote station, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
            
              A sign reminds residents to do their civic duty on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Lewiston, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
            
              Charles Powers sits in his car with his "I Voted" sticker on his hat after voting at his polling place, the New LIFE Worship Center Church of God in Fayetteville, Pa., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Moderator Andrew Williamson, right, and clerk Denise Hainey set up a ballot machine at the Aspray Boat House polling site before the doors open to voters for the midterm election in Warwick, R.I., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
            
              The shadow of a member of the orthodox jewish community is cast outside the polling center as they arrive to cast their ballots on, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
            
              Dallas County Constables calm tensions down between persons with opposing views at a voting location in Dallas, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
            
              People vote at a polling station in a mall Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
            
              People wait in line to vote at a polling place Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
            
              Selena de Leon casts her ballot after voting at the Log Cabin at the Presidio in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              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)
            
              People stand in line to vote in the midterm election at the John F. Kennedy Library, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Hialeah, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
            
              Voters fill out their ballots before bringing them to counting machines at a polling site in the Brooklyn Museum as the doors open for the midterm election, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Jacob Lewis, 3, waits at a privacy booth as his grandfather, Robert Schroyer, fills out his ballot while voting at Sabillasville Elementary School, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Sabillasville, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
            
              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)
            
              A taxidermied fox watches over voting at a polling site in Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              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)
            
              Cullen Bray enters a voting booth at a polling place in Edgewater, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              The first voters of the day begin filling out their ballots at a polling site in the Brooklyn Museum as the doors open for the midterm election, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              A man wears an "I voted" sticker on his shirt, printed with the American flag and the U.S. constitution, after voting at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center in Fort Myers, Fla, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. After the area was devastated and thousands were left displaced by Hurricane Ian, Lee County extended their early voting period and permitted voters on Election Day to cast their ballot in any of the dozen open polling places. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
            
              "Ohio Voted" stickers await voters after they cast their ballots at the Meadowbook Golf Club in Clayton, Ohio Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
            
              Dan Cox, Republican gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, wears a pin and a sticker after casting his vote at Sabillasville Elementary School, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Sabillasville, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
            
              A clerk hands a ballot to a voter on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Lewiston, Maine. The state of Maine uses a ranked choice voting system for some of its election races. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
            
              A marquee in downtown Atlanta displays the word "vote" on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
            
              An election worker places a sign outside a polling station at Fire Station 3 on E. Rio Grande Ave in El Paso, Texas, just before pools open Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
            
              Clive Miller casts his ballot at a firehouse polling station in the midterm election Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
            
              Election workers process mail-in-ballots for the midterm elections in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
            
              Loretta Myers fills out her ballot at her polling place, the New LIFE Worship Center Church of God, in Fayetteville, Pa., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              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)
            
              A voter moves to cast her ballot at an electronic counting machine at a polling site in the Brooklyn Museum, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              From left, members of Mariachi America Javier Medina, DeJesus Diaz, Miguel Valaquez and Cesar Abraham perform outside the C/ity/County Building for voters to open the polling places early Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
            
              Supervisor Lou-Ann LaPorte looks on as a voter leaves the Aspray Boat House polling site after casting a ballot in the midterm election in Warwick, R.I., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
            
              A person votes on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
            
              Moderator Andrew Williamson goes through final preparations to set up the Aspray Boat House as a polling site before the doors open to voters for the midterm election in Warwick, R.I., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
            
              A signs promoting a candidate for Fort Myers Beach town council sits amid debris near an American Flag, along a roadside on Estero Island, which was heavily damaged in September's Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. After the area was devastated and thousands were left displaced by Hurricane Ian, Lee County extended their early voting period and permitted voters on Election Day to cast their ballot in any of the dozen open polling places. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
            
              A voter walks to fill out his ballot at the Elenor Boathouse polling place on the Southside of Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
            
              A poll worker wears a "vote" mask as they check in voters on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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.

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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AP Photos: America votes in laundromats, schools, libraries