HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Overall voter turnout across the state of Mississippi and Harrison County was down from 2012, but judging from the lines it was hard to tell.
"The bigger precincts, we kind of expected a good turnout, but I think they were a little longer. More people than we thought based on the previous elections," said Becky Payne, Harrison County's election commissioner for district two.
At the D'Iberville Civic Center wait times to vote averaged an hour and a half. Long time poll worker Marie Clemente arrived at 4:00 a.m., the last voter left just before 9:00 p.m.
"All day! [Did you get to go to the bathroom or eat or anything?] Just now, a half of a sandwich," said Clemente.
Some voters wondered why there were not more poll workers checking ID's.
"You base the number of poll workers, and you base the number of laptops that you have to go to those precincts based on the number of people that vote at a precinct. You might get precincts that vote 75 percent. And many this election voted 75 percent or better," said Payne.
Even after the polls closed, precincts across Harrison County were seeing long lines. Some voters even stood in the rain to make sure they got a chance to cast their ballots
"There's so many that sacrificed so much for us to have this right to vote, so I want to make sure that I exercise that right," said Kathryn Moran.
Since Mississippi is among the states without early voting, many people have to cast absentee ballots, putting even more work on the poll workers after the polls close.
"Early voting, you wouldn't have absentees. They would be processed at the clerk's office just like they process at the precinct," said Payne.
Early voting is something Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann would like to see implemented in Mississippi.