NEW ORLEANS -- Tuesday is the first day of early voting in Louisiana.
Voter registration in the state reached an all-time high and many people said they think voting in this election matters more than most.
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Nicole Shatz moved to Louisiana a year ago, and immediately made sure she was registered to vote in her new home state.
"This will just be the second election that I can vote in and I think it's a really important thing to do regardless of the outcome,” Shatz said. “It doesn't feel like I can have a say in it unless I put my word in so I feel it's definitely important, it's what makes this America.”
Thanks to early voting, you can exercise your American rights beginning Tuesday.
"You have more time,” Councilman Jared Brossett said. “People have children, obligations and some people can't make it just on that Tuesday."
If what we've seen across the country is any indication, voter turnout will be high and lines will be long. In Louisiana, a record breaking 3,018,334 people are now registered to vote.
“We've seen lines and so this is an opportunity to take advantage and early vote so you may not have to encounter that wait time,” Brossett said.
Besides the presidential race there are other big races on the ballot locally, including the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
"Go out and exercise your right to vote,” Secretary of State Tom Schedler said. “Pick the candidate you think is the best candidate whether it be president, or senator in your area and pick the candidate that you think would be the best candidate and go out and vote."
Shatz is on board and wants to cast her ballot as soon as possible.
“Probably Wednesday because it's the next time I have class downtown so I'll probably swing by City Hall,” Shatz said.
For her, having early voting means there's no excuse to not cast your ballot.
“Voting is the most important part of the political process,” Shatz said. “Voting early could be really convenient for a lot of people, so why not.”
Early voting runs through next Tuesday, Nov. 1. You can cast your vote from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. any of those days except Sunday.
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