Politics 6 November 2012 In pictures: Hicksville, Ohio on the eve of the election The sleepy town at the heart of the battleground state goes to the polls today. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML The sleepy town of Hicksville, Ohio, where I have been stationed, goes to the polls today with the rest of the United States. Hicksville is a patriotic town - many houses proudly fly the stars and stripes. Many of the houses boast the ubiquitous lawn signs outside. Josh Mandel is running for Senate for the Republicans - against the hugely popular incumbent democrat Sherrod Brown. ...but not all the yard-signs are political. This one offers "free kittens". Hicksville is a largely affluent town - many of the houses here are large and distinguished. This junk shop was damaged just a week ago - a truck from the grain-silo opposite rolled into the front of it, its brakes having failed. Autumn here is beautiful - the area is known as the "rust belt" for more than just its steel industry at this time of year. Hicksville is a largely conservative town - most of the signs are for Romney. The town is dominated by this gigantic silo - and the railway which runs right through the town centre. › The coalition looks to widen its attack on child benefit All photographs by Nicky Woolf. Nicky Woolf is a writer for the Guardian based in the US. He tweets @NickyWoolf. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Will Jeremy Corbyn stand down if Labour loses the general election? Donald Trump’s con artistry gives him a chance to win a second term Should the UK get militarily involved in Syria?