BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – A long line of voters have been waiting throughout the day to cast their ballot on the first day of early voting in East Baton Rouge Parish.
“I am really gratified that people are taking their voting rights seriously and want to make sure they get counted,” said Carole Madere, who had been in line for about 45 minutes at Forest Community Park.
Those who voted at the newest early voting location in the parish said they waited about an hour.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin tweeted a picture letting people know the polls are open for early voting.
His office is in the State Archives building, where long lines of people are waiting to vote.
Crews set up tents to help protect people from the weather and there are also port-a-poties.
Jeremy Douglas always votes on the first day of early voting. He said this is the longest he’s ever seen the lines.
“Like when I voted in 2016, it wasn’t like this so I think people are really starting to understand the importance of voting again. It makes me excited that people came out to vote early this time,” said Douglas.
Something else that’s different, don’t expect poll workers to hand you an “I Voted” sticker.
They are now digital. You can get them from the Secretary of State’s website and post them on social media.
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