FOX13 follows MS voters as they wait in line to cast their ballot

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — Mississippi is expecting a high voter turnout after only allowing absentee voting.

In DeSoto County, FOX13 crews saw people lining up to vote at Northwest Community College at 5:40 a.m., two hours before the polls open.

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FOX13 wanted to see how long a voter would have to wait in line in order to cast their vote. We met Tomeaka Gilson an hour after she arrived at the polls.

“I got in line around 9:30,” Gilson said.

At Northwest Community College, the line wrapped around the sidewalk, into and around the parking lot. It took Gilson an hour and 15 minutes to reach the halfway point of the line.

“I feel the process is moving pretty quickly," she said. “No matter how long it takes, my vote will be in.”

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An hour and a half later, Gilson was near the front entrance of her polling location.

“I feel wonderful," Gilson said. “I’m almost to the end to cast my vote and I feel good about it.”

Two hours later and Gilson was inside casting her vote.

She told FOX13 once inside the polling location, the process was quick and easy.

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“I’m really glad the process is over and just waiting on the outcome,” Gilson said.

The long lines beg the question, should Mississippi allow early voting?

FOX13 spoke to several voters who feel the state should.

“There’s going to be a lot of people today and everyone’s going to have to go through here and there’s not that many places to go and vote,” Clarence said.

Despite the long lines, Gilson wanted her voice to be heard and hopes others don’t get intimidated by the long lines.

“I just want to encourage everybody to get out and vote. You can still vote, your vote counts.”