Democrat Barack Obama is joining the nation's earliest voters in filling in a ballot in his historic presidential contest with Republican John McCain.
Obama arrived at his precinct in Chicago shortly after 7:30 CST Tuesday. His wife, Michelle, and their young daughters accompanied him as he received a ballot and went to a polling station. The Obamas stood side by side and their daughters looked on as they read their ballots.
Obama planned a quick campaign stop in Indiana on Election Day before a massive outdoor rally in front of the skyline in his adopted hometown of Chicago. The day's forecast was for an unseasonably warm 70 degrees.
McCain planned events in Colorado and New Mexico, then a party at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix.