(WVUE) - Expect long lines this morning, as early voting begins in Louisiana.
Local and state election officials say they're prepared for big crowds, and urge voters to plan ahead and be patient.
Around 40,000 voters have registered so far this month in the state. But that number pales in comparison to the record 3 million who have registered so far, the first time that's happened in the state's history.
Early voting begins today and this period will last until November 1. If you're casting an early ballot in Mississippi you have until November 5.
In Louisiana, polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Sundays.
State officials say because they're expecting a record turnout this election year, voters should plan ahead when heading to the polls early.
"Traditionally, the presidential election is our highest with voter participation just south of 70 percent," said Tom Schedler, Louisiana Secretary of State. "I'm certainly hoping we can reach that but this one has been harder to predict for a bunch of different reasons."