Election Day madness: Long lines, fraud phone calls (PHOTOS)

A long line of voters is seen outside Mt.Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, DC on November 6, 2012. (AFP Photo / Eva Hambach)
The tight presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney saw huge crowds and voter turnout as high as 80 percent. The enthusiasm resulted in long lines and several states possibly breaking turnout records.

Voters reported waiting as long as seven hours in line at early polling stations in Ohio and Florida on Monday and Tuesday. Some even turned around and went home before casting their ballot after being forced to wait outside in the cold for hours.

Irregularities in waiting times across the country Tuesday ranged from four hours to five minutes, social media users reported. Some Twitter users wrote that they had tried as many as five different polling stations before giving up and waiting in line.

Turnout may reach record levels in Florida, which has 11.9 million voters, state secretary Ken Detzner said. Officials in Pennsylvania expected a roughly 70 percent turnout, and election officials in Virginia said the state’s turnout could be even stronger than in 2008.

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Some voting irregularities were also been noted. In two Pennsylvania counties, voting machines had to be recalibrated after voters complained that they incorrectly displayed their vote for president.

Problems were also reported around Philadelphia. Election monitors from the independent Committee of Seventy said that two voting machines broke down at one of the polling stations, forcing poll workers to issue provisional ballots. This led to a long line, and 30 people reportedly left before voting.

In addition, a handful of fraudulent phone calls were made to African-American and Spanish-speaking households, Global News reported. The calls told voters they could cast their ballot over the phone.

It is not known how widespread these calls may have been.

Voters wait in line to cast their vote at Cleveland Avenue Baptist Church on November 6, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Julie Denesha)
Voters wait in line to cast their vote at Cleveland Avenue Baptist Church on November 6, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Julie Denesha)
Voters at the polls stand on line waiting to vote November 6, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (AFP Photo / Jay LaPrete)
Voters at the polls stand on line waiting to vote November 6, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (AFP Photo / Jay LaPrete)
Voters line up to cast their vote at the Boston Public Library  November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)
Voters line up to cast their vote at the Boston Public Library November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)
Voters line up to cast their vote at the Boston Public Library  November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)
Voters line up to cast their vote at the Boston Public Library November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)
Voters line up to  cast their ballot at the Boston Public Library  November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)
Voters line up to cast their ballot at the Boston Public Library November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)
Rockaway residents wait in line to cast their ballots with a man′s jacket reading "Obama for President" in an unheated makeshift tent set up as a polling place at Scholars′ Academy, PS 180, in the Rockaway neighborhood on November 6, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. (AFP Photo / Mario Tama)
Rockaway residents wait in line to cast their ballots with a man's jacket reading "Obama for President" in an unheated makeshift tent set up as a polling place at Scholars' Academy, PS 180, in the Rockaway neighborhood on November 6, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. (AFP Photo / Mario Tama)
Citizens vote on Election Day at Fire Station #71 in Alhambra, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California, as Americans flock to the polls nationwide to decide between President Barack Obama, his Rebuplican challenger Mitt Romney, and a wide range of other issues. Alhambra is one of 6 cities in California′s 49th Assembly District, the state′s first legislative district where Asian-Americans make up the majority of the population (AFP Photo / Frederic J. Brown)
Citizens vote on Election Day at Fire Station #71 in Alhambra, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California, as Americans flock to the polls nationwide to decide between President Barack Obama, his Rebuplican challenger Mitt Romney, and a wide range of other issues. Alhambra is one of 6 cities in California's 49th Assembly District, the state's first legislative district where Asian-Americans make up the majority of the population (AFP Photo / Frederic J. Brown)
People vote at Public School #6 to under lightning provided by gas powered generators on November 6, 2012 in Oceanside, New York (AFP Photo / Bruce Bennett)
People vote at Public School #6 to under lightning provided by gas powered generators on November 6, 2012 in Oceanside, New York (AFP Photo / Bruce Bennett)