Egyptians Flock to the Polls to Vote on Constitutional Amendments

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Pictured, Egyptians showed up in record numbers on Saturday to vote in a referendum on a package of constitutional amendments, the first such occasion since dictator Hosni Mubarak was overthrown. Voters were already waiting when the polls opened at 8 a.m., according to the New York Times, and the lines grew throughout the day, sometimes stretching until the wait exceeded three hours. Security presence was minimal. Fifty-two-year-old Mohamed el-Sayid Auf, an engineer and Muslim Brotherhood supporter, said, “The people of Egypt are happy today. I feel like I am flying." And guess what, Americans? Nobody was even all, "Ugh, I have to wait on this line just to exercise my right to vote? I have a job!" They were reportedly "euphoric."