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Early voting begins in East Texas

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Early voting started Monday all across the state of Texas, and in Tyler and Longview, lines were out the door.

Several early voters said it was very important for them to vote early as soon as they could.

"I think the earlier we vote, the sooner the votes can be counted and they can make their decisions based on that," said Lynn Green of Tyler.

"I think it's really important for the young people to come out and show their voice. A lot of times the younger voters that advocate social freedoms aren't out here," said Joseph Yadanpanahi of Tyler. "And it was really important to me that my vote, my voice be known and heard."

And election workers say to be prepared to wait no matter when you decide to vote.

"Be aware that you may not be just in and out in one minute. You may be in line 30 minutes, an hour. You know, just be prepared for some sort of a wait," said Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson. "But then again, you might have a wait on Election Day also."

One issue that did come up this morning - election workers say several voters left before pressing "confirm" on the screen, which means their ballot wasn't cast.

"It's very important to wait until your screen says 'Your ballot has been cast, thank you,'" Nelson said. "If you don't see that blue screen come up, then you need to wait and make sure that you're confirming and also casting that ballot."

Early voting will be going on in Smith County all this week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all week next week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. And if you can't make it out early to vote this week or next week, election workers say early voting will be available at all five locations this weekend. Early voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Smith County.

If you're voting in Smith County, you can vote at the Smith County Annex, the Heritage Building in Tyler, the Noonday Community Building, the Whitehouse Municipal Court, and the Lindale Masonic Lodge.

If you're voting in Gregg County, you can vote at the Gregg County Courthouse, the Judson Community Building, the Spring Hill Middle School, the Greggton Community Building, the Pine Tree Community Center, Gladewater City Hall, the White Oak Community Building, the Liberty City Community Building, the Kilgore Community Building, the Broughton Community Building, and the Elderville Community Building.

For a list of times for each location, click here.

If you don't bring your voter ID card, you do need to bring a government issued ID, such as a driver's license.

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