SHERWOOD, Ark. (KATV) — Early voting is underway in Arkansas, and polling locations like First Christian Church in Sherwood are seeing a record number of those casting their ballots.
Early in the day, Pulaski County Election Officials say one of the machines at the Sherwood location jammed, causing a slowdown for people in line like Rick Rogers.
“It’s averaging three hours from the very start of the line which is all the way over to Kiehl Avenue, he said."
Rogers says those in line came together to make the long wait more comfortable for the elderly.
"What we’ve been doing is trying to find chairs and holding the line for some of the older folks," he said. "That way they can wait in the cars up until they get to their place in the line."
Meanwhile, voters like Sarah Burch say they're doing their best to not spread germs. "I’ve noticed people wearing masks and people are staying apart," she said.
Despite Monday's long lines, many say exercising their right to vote is worth the wait.
"I think everybody in line for whatever the reasons are, believes this is one of the most important elections of our lifetime," voter Ali Taylor said.
As of 3 p.m. Monday, Pulaski County Election director Brian Poe said around 5,000 people have cast their ballots.
He said, for the most part, the process has been running smoothly at all locations.
If you were intimidated by the long lines Monday, you still have plenty of time to get out and early vote.
Polling locations are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
You can vote early up until November 2.