Trump heckled while casting vote in New York

Donald Trump waves after voting at Public School 59 on the eastside in New York.

Donald Trump waves after voting at Public School 59 on the eastside in New York. Photo: EPA/Peter Foley

Long lines have formed outside polling booths across America as the most controversial election in US history ever gets underway.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, and their deputies Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, have cast their ballots.

Mr Trump emerged from Trump Tower with his wife and daughter, and was both booed and cheered from onlookers as he entered the polling station.

Strangely, both Ivanka and Melania Trump wore white – the colour Hillary Clinton’s supporters are turning up in to support her and women’s suffrage.

Donald Trump’s son Eric could be in trouble for his actions in the polling booth he tweeted a picture of his completed ballot, filled in favour of his father. That’s illegal under an ancient New York State law. The tweet was quickly deleted.

When asked who he voted for Mr Trump senior joked that it was a tough decision – but he wasn’t as buoyant as he has been on the campaign trail. That could be because yesterday he hit six states in a frantic, last minute bid to rally troops.

Was Ivanka and Melania Trump's decision to wear white - a sign of women's suffrage and protest against the Republican - intentional or accidental?

Was Ivanka and Melania Trump’s decision to wear white – a sign of women’s suffrage and and support for Hillary Clinton – intentional or accidental?

Hillary Clinton was also subdued, she too admitting to being “tired and running on adrenaline”.

Tonight her campaign party will be held at the Javits Center in Manhattan, which features a literal glass ceiling.

While most polls yesterday had her ahead, some others say the gap is narrowing in battleground states.

She has some powerful global girlfriends, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg both saying a win for Hillary Clinton would help balance out world politics – and would be inspirational to young women.

President Barack Obama is doing his share, giving interviews on election day to radio stations broadcasting to cities where the race is close.

Armies of election day volunteers for both parties are out in force, phoning and door knocking to make sure voters get out there and make their marks.

In some places there have been huge queues, and there have been sporadic reports of technical issues, but indications are that 2016 could see record turnouts.

Meanwhile a Nevada judge has already smacked down Donald Trump’s legal team, which filed a lawsuit over early voting in Nevada. The action stemmed from a dispute last week in which people were allowed to vote after booths were legally supposed to close. The judge didn’t look kindly on the suggestion Americans should be stopped from exercising their democratic rights.

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