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Oberlin students waited up to four hours to cast their Election Day votes, many lingering well beyond the close of polls at 7:30 p.m. At First Church in Oberlin, students entertained themselves with books, laptops, and even impromptu musical performances. The large turnout was due in part to students registering to vote in the swing state of Ohio rather than requesting absentee ballots from home. Although President Bush carried Ohio with 51 percent of the vote, John Kerry was favored in Oberlin by 81 percent.