More than 100 people passed through the supervisor of election's doors to cast their ballots early. Monday marked the kickoff of the early voting opportunity, which goes until November 4.
Mark Andersen, Supervisor of Elections, said, "It's a smoother process to allow those who have their minds made up to cast their ballots so that on election day it opens the envelope for less lines, less conflicts at the precinct."
Three polls around the county are open for early voting at Panama City Beach City Hall, Parker City Hall, and the Supervisor of Election’s Office. All are open from 9 to 5, and on Saturdays.
Many people are taking advantage of the early voting option now before they leave town.
Cassie Newsome, an early voter, said, "I love it. I think it's really convenient. My husband and I are going on vacation, so it works out great for us."
Others who usually vote absentee like this option better.
Chris and Billie Christopher said, "I know it counts so we don't have to wait until after the election to count absentee votes."
So in order to beat the lines in the future, head to the polls now. You may be pleasantly surprised how fast and easy it is to make a difference in local politics.