For Manchester Township's David Shipley, there was a specific reason he always comes out to vote.
"People died for me to have the right to vote," Shipley, 50, said.
York County voters showed a similar sense of duty as there was more than 82 percent voter turnout on Tuesday, a number that smashes the 2008 turnout.
Nikki Suchanic, the county director of elections and voter registration, said the John McCain-Barack Obama race four years ago posted a 66 percent draw. She had recommended election sites get extra poll volunteers, and that proved to be a smart move, as there were no major issues with delays.
Suchanic isn't sure what exactly drove higher turnout this time, but she was pleased to see it.
"I think people are actually voicing their concerns," Suchanic said.
The county had more than 190,609 recorded votes out of 231,000 registers voters, including more than 7,600 absentee ballots cast for an overall 82 percent voter turnout.
Big draw: Several election judges said they witnessed an impressive draw, with long lines the norm for those trying to vote first thing in the morning.
"I had 50 people waiting at the door before 7 a.m.," said Sally Dietz, election judge at Manchester Township's District 1. The district votes at Alert Fire Co. on North George Street.
But those lines moved relatively briskly, judges said, in part because people were ready with their photo IDs, even though the mandate is not in effect. With volunteers able to quickly read the name and address off the ID card, the process was smooth, said Fred Wentzel, election judge at Manchester Township's District 4.
"It speeds up the process," Wentzel said. "We got them through as fast as we can."
He estimates voter turnout over 70 percent, right up there with the last presidential election. At one point in the morning, they got through 150 voters in an hour, he added.
Shonna Ilgenfritz, election judge at the Grace Brethren Church polling site in York City, called the turnout "phenomenal."
"There was a lot of Obama hype," she said of the driving force.
She estimates there were 650 voters out of 709 registered.
Around 7 p.m., Dorothy Sweeney was helping a voter cast a provisional ballot at the Princess Street Center in York City.
Sweeney, the precinct's judge of elections, said she spent a significant amount of Tuesday helping people cast provisional ballots. Many people showed up to vote but hadn't properly registered, Sweeney said.
"Everybody waits to the last minute," she said.
Presidential elections are always busy, Sweeney said. But this year, the turnout has been higher even compared to 2008.
"It's been a madhouse," she said.