It won't turn out this way for everyone, but my early voting experience was so quick I couldn't believe it.  Even with this record turnout so far in Texas, I was in and out in no time.  Next week will be a busy one so vote today if you want to save time.  You've got five locations to choose from in Smith County.

From parking my car to finishing my ballot, the early voting process took me all of 8 minutes.

If you can make it to a polling location in the middle of the morning or early to mid-afternoon and it's not the final day of early voting, the lines are usually pretty short and that was the case for me.  If you go right when the polls open, or at lunch, or when they're about to close, it can take longer.  I knew exactly who and what I was voting for before I walked in, and once I was there it was just a matter of punching a couple of buttons.  Easy breezy.

Voting is important and we should do it even if it's not easy.  But if we can cast a ballot and still have time to get to the grocery store before heading back to work, it makes the process a little more rewarding.  I think the uncertainty about how long it will take keeps some people from attempting it, but just do it!  You will be fine, and it feels good to be part of the process.

As long as you're registered to vote, you can show up at any early voting location in the county where you live.  I had my voter registration postcard with me, but I didn't need it.  They just asked for my driver's license and I had to sign a sticker for the voter records.  Take your ID, and you'll be all set.

These are the Early Polling Locations in Smith County:

Monday-Friday 10/22/2018 - 10/26/2018 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10/27/2018 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 10/28/2018 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday 10/29/2018 - 11/02/2018 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The HUB 304 E Ferguson St Tyler TX
Heritage Building 1900 Bellwood Rd Tyler TX
Lindale Public Library 200 E Hubbard St Lindale TX
Noonday Community Center 16662 County Road 196 Tyler TX
Whitehouse Municipal Court 311 E Main St Whitehouse TX

To find out if you're registered to vote, click HERE.  If you don't vote early, the last opportunity will be on election day Tuesday, November 6th.  Go get that sticker.