Long lines, packed parking lots greet voters looking to cast ballots before Election Day

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Long lines greeted early and absentee voters as the long campaign season began to wind down on Monday. Voting was smooth sailing for the most part, as early polling places wrapped up at noon to get ready for Election Day on Tuesday.

Drivers trying to find parking and voters passing through traffic; all signs pointed to the last day of early voting.

"I went through the parking lot twice to find a parking spot. When I came in the second time, it was noon so I wasn’t sure if I got in or not,” said Bob Gould who was the last man standing in line.

"I had to walk over from Bass Pro today. I knew the chances were it was going to be a little bit longer than usual,” said Apollo McCullough.

Wait times ranged from 45 minutes to an hour-and-a-half at the Johnson County election offices.

“I did not expect it to be that long, but there was a line wrapped around the whole building,” said Carlos Fernando. He finished voting and was walking back to his car.

“I was kind of expecting it, but not for it to go behind the building and then loop around. It is what it is, had to get out here and vote,” said Robert Mayo. He waited in line with his family for nearly 90 minutes.

Some voted early because it was their day off from work. Other said they wanted to enjoy watching the election coverage on Tuesday. All wanted to exercise their right as an American.

“We want our voice to be heard,” said Michael Bunce.

“I think it’s my duty to go out and cast my vote,” said Gould.

More than 2,400 voters cast their ballot from 8 a.m. to noon. This was the only location open in Johnson County.

“I think next election I’ll do the mail in vote. It was worth it,” Mayo added with a laugh.

Polls open 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Election Day.



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