It was an early start for poll workers Tuesday morning as voters from across the ArkLaTex took a minute, or more, to ensure their voice was heard on election day.
Casting a ballot in this election takes patience.
"This, by far, is the longest I've ever had to wait in line," said Kimberly Brown, Caddo Parish voter.
However, long lines didn't stop them from making their voices heard.
"This is our free country, we have to have a say in it," said Gail Pulley, voter.
This election standing out for the Fraziers as the most important one they've ever voted in.
"It will determine the rest of my life... most critical point in our nation's history... because one is bent extremely to the left," said Shirley and Kenneth Frazier.
Folks were so ready to get their votes cast early that this line had formed way before the polls opened at 6 A.M. Five precincts were assigned to University Elementary in south Shreveport. Residents didn't seem too surprised to find long lines.
But Nancy Sullivan was shocked when she saw a line out the door at North Highland Elementary where she's voted for years.
"Actually, came at 6:15 and line was too long so went home, got dressed, and came back," said Sullivan.
Brown says she had to wait 45 minutes before getting to the ballot box.
"Pretty steady pace going in and out," said Brown.
It was time well spent for determined local voters.
"It was really fast. It makes a difference if you're educated on what you're going to be voting for," said Pulley.
"Everybody complains nothing is going to change. Nothing is going to change if you don't go out and vote," said Brown.