Call it democracy in action. America took to the polls to decide the next president, experiencing unique challenges, from dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast to controversy over election software in Ohio to the more routine long waiting lines.
To help put it into perspective, CNBC.com has gathered the best pictures from coast to coast to show what's happening during an election that will determine the future of the nation.
Click ahead for images from the 2012 elections.
Posted 6 Nov. 2012