ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — Never have so many Louisiana voters filed their ballots early. Ascension Parish is no exception.

Parish voters had the chance to vote early at sites in Donaldsonville, Prairieville and Gonzales — each city with turnouts never before seen here.

“I think this is probably the most important election in my lifetime,” Prairieville resident Wayne Pace said.

“The polls were going to be really busy for Election Day, so I wanted to make sure I got my vote in,” Geismar resident Mike Bohm said.

Igor Galusca moved from Moldova to Prairieville eight years ago. He voted this year for the first time.

“I was expecting to stay in more of a line,” he said. “It took me 10 minutes.”

Despite safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ascension Parish voters told they felt safe at the polls — with social distancing, masks and frequent cleaning of machines.

Many first-time early voters pledge this won’t be their last time.

“If you make it convenient for everybody, everybody will go out and vote,” Donaldsonville resident Tracie Poirrier said.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.