Harlem Votes: 'It's a Privilege'

We talked to residents of the iconic New York neighborhood outside their polling places on Election Day.

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Melba Joyce; Thomas Morris and Errol Murray (TheRoot.com)

(The Root) -- On this Election Day, The Root caught up with voters in the "black mecca" -- Harlem, USA.

It's a New York City neighborhood often remembered for its enthusiastic celebration of President Obama's historic 2008 win and a community that hasn't leaned Republican since 1984. And from what we could tell on Tuesday, that blue trend is just as strong as ever.

There were messages of encouragement, warnings for the future if the "other guy" wins and talk of civic duty. George Williams had flown back from Atlanta to make sure he was able to cast his vote. Melba Joyce was sure to point out an issue that she says hasn't received enough media attention: the Romney sons' lack of military service. And Errol Murray simply had this to say: "It's a privilege to be able to have a voice in the course of our democratic process."

Watch their interviews below.

Celeste Little is an editorial intern at The Root.

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