NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Voters in Orleans Parish turned out early this morning, some having to wait to get into polling locations, but at this hour, it's mostly calm across the parish.
Election workers here say they had a tremendous number of voters turn out as soon as doors opened this morning meaning the lunch crowd doesn't have to wait too long to cast a ballot.
"They had a line out the door at 6 a.m., wrapped around the corner," said poll worker Lubenia Manuel.
The wait time is minimal at a Gentilly polling location and that's what the voters were hoping for.
Orleans Parish Clerk of Court Arthur Morell says early this morning was probably the most congested time of the day for most polling precincts although as soon as people start getting off work around 4 and 5 p.m., they're expecting to see another big surge.
Morell predicts turnout records will be broken.
Many voters said they felt compelled to cast a ballot in probably the most highly publicized presidential race yet.
For some, the negativity of the campaigns has been too much.
"I've spent a lot of time praying over this and I feel led to vote for who I'm going to vote for," said Tara Guy. "But yes, I'm ready for tomorrow, I'm ready for all the nastiness and the fighting, I'm ready for it all to be over."
Extra election workers were brought in today to make this process smooth and painless for everyone. Voters agree. Getting in and out, so far, has been a breeze.