As Americans hit the polls today, election-related topics are dominating social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram. Around 4 pm ET time, Twitter’s own @gov feed said
: “Tweets with “I voted,” “#ivoted,” and similar terms total 1.4M so far today, coming in at more than 2k per minute.”
Under the #ivoted hashtag, for instance, people shared pictures of themselves after casting a ballot today. Of course, that’s just one style of image bouncing around online. We tracked down 10 pictures on the Web that helped tell the tale of Election Day 2012.
Wait, that’s illegal?
A number of people shared pictures of their ballots in the voting booth—a no-no in many states, according to media reports
Celebrities are just like us—they vote.
Plenty of celebrities encouraged people to vote by sharing images of themselves outside their respective polling places. For instance, comedienne and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a pic, as did Jeff Tweedy, lead singer of the band Wilco:
Can he bring that into the voting booth?
Here’s a surfer presumably eager to vote:
The many pictures that people are sharing of lines outside polling places is representative of the high voter turnout many precincts are seeing this year. This pic was taken outside a polling place in Alabama:
Guess which candidate he’s voting for.
This image of Big Bird lining up to vote in Texas
became an amusing talking point on the Web.
A childhood dream come true.
In Chicago this morning, I got to vote alongside two fire trucks. Thrilling stuff.
Wendy must be a Republican.
On Tuesday afternoon, Romney policy advisor Dan Senor tweeted this photo
of the presidential nominee and his running mate Paul Ryan getting a bite to eat at a Wendy’s in Cleveland.
Now that’s fired up.
Obama’s Twitter account shared this image of the president espousing his campaign mantra: “Fired Up! Ready to go.”
On the Internet, even cats vote.
Must’ve been a long day standing in line at the polls.