Category: Politics / November 6, 2012 4:23 PM EST
Residents of the New Jersey town of Hoboken headed to the polls on Tuesday morning despite ongoing cleanup and recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.
Much of the town was left under water and without power, following the "superstorm", but officials quickly scrambled to put measures in place to ensure people could get to the polls.
But some said the system was confusing and disorganized.
But others said that, under the circumstances, officials had done a good job in facilitating the vote.
At least 120 million Americans were expected to render judgment on whether to give U.S. President Barack Obama a second term or replace him with Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Their decision will set the country's course for the next four years on spending, taxes, healthcare and foreign policy challenges like the rise of China and Iran's nuclear ambitions.
National opinion polls show Obama and Romney in a virtual dead heat, although the Democratic incumbent has a slight advantage in several vital swing states - most notably Ohio - that could give him the 270 electoral votes needed to win the state-by-state contest.