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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
Early voting is officially over.
Calcasieu voters set records this year for casting ballots early.
At noon on the final day of early voting, the lines were longer than ever. Still, registered voters carved out time to cast ballots ahead of election day. Though the wait was from 45 minutes to more than an hour, it seemed it wasn't so bad for most.
During the noon hour, the line was shaped like a horseshoe, the length of courthouse foyer. Still, people seem to be in pretty good moods, patiently waiting for their turn to vote.
"I mean, there are so many wonderful people here. I met three friends already," said early voter Poddy Champeaux.
Early voter Warren Jones also found it a pleasant experience.
"Everybody's talking about going downtown for lunch. Beautiful day," he said.
Those who won't be in town on election day had to stick it out.
"I actually just got in from offshore and this is the only day I have available to vote. So, I had to come straight from the heliport to downtown Lake Charles," Jones said.
Though others, after seeing the long lines, decided they didn't have time to wait and would have to cast their ballot on Nov. 6.
Said Hal McMillin, "Looks like the line is, it's about an hour long right now at lunch time. So, we're going to take a quick lunch break and Sue?"
Sue McMillin would have to postpone voting until next Tuesday.
"I think I'll just head back to work," she said.
Still, it gives many a good feeling to see so many people participate in the process.
"It's thrilling for me as an elected official to see this kind of voter turnout and to see this many people participate in voting is just tremendous for all of Southwest Louisiana," McMillin said.
Registrar of Voters Angie Quienalty said only those in line by 6 p.m. will be able to early vote.
"It is strict. It's by law, so it is a law. We'll have security on hand to secure the doors and to make the end of the line for voters that are in line as of six 'o clock p.m. There's no deviation. It is the law," Quienalty said.
If you meant to vote early and didn't, there's always Election Day. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. That's Tuesday, November 6th which is a week from today.