"I wanted to get here early; I was actually anticipating lines and a little bit of chaos," she said. "I just really wanted to make sure my vote for president was cast, cast early and cast right."
Robinson said that she voted for Democrats across the line, but wanted to stress the importance of voting at all.
"I hope people come out and vote, regardless of who they choose to vote for ... that they exercise that right," she said.
By 6:30 a.m., short lines had formed. The Scime family, including Daniel, 7, and Sophia, 9, stopped by to vote before leaving on a trip to Washington, D.C. Tara Scime said the children get school extra credit for voting with their parents.
"I think one of the most important reasons to vote is to teach our children," she said. "It's important to know you have a choice."
Daniel agreed. "You have to have a reason," he said.
By 7 a.m. at the City of Tonawanda High School polling place, things had slowed, but voting remained steady ... perhaps a little steadier than usual, said Terry Hutter, an election inspector for the past four years.
"It's hard to tell until the end of the day," he said.
Carolyn Kirsch cast her ballot early and said that she was pleased to do so.
"I appreciate the fact that we get to vote here in the United States," she said. "It's the time of the year I feel part of the democracy we're so fortunate to have."
Polls are open until 9 p.m. To find your polling place in Erie County, visit www.erieboe.com/precinctfinder.aspx. In Niagara County, visit vic.ntsdata.com/niagaraboe/pollingplacelookup.aspx.