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The charms of rural voting: Casting your ballot in a neighbor's living room

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Horse Gall precinct clerk David Smith, right, greets voter Paul Hiers at the home of Vincent Smith in Varnville, S.C., on election day. The polling place for the U.S. presidential and local elections is located in the den of David Smith's father's home. It used to be in the family garage but was moved to the den 30 years ago.

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Horse Gall precinct clerk David Smith talks with poll workers Evelyn Moody, left, and Charlene Smith on election day in his father's den.

John Flavell / AP

People sign in to vote Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at the Elizaville precinct in Elizaville, Ky. The precinct is located in a general store built in 1821 and has 524 registered voters.

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Nancy Tassey casts her ballot next to the wood stove on Election Day at the Town Hall, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Calais, Vt.

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