Lines were long to vote early Thursday in Nashville

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Some voters waited in line more than an hour to cast their ballots on the last day of early voting in Nashville.

Lines of hundreds of people snaked through the Green Hills Branch of the Nashville Public Library.

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As the regulars read books and studied, voters patiently waited in line, checking their watches, befriending others in line, even picking up books off the shelves to pass the time.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

First time voter Carrie Haynes was thrilled about the experience, regardless of the long wait.

“It felt pretty extraordinary,” said Haynes, who went to vote with her mom. “I’m excited.”

Haynes and many others managed to stay positive, even after waiting upwards of an hour to reach the front of the line.

Some Tennessee counties experienced a record number of early voters, numbers not seen since the 2008 presidential election. Read more about it here.

A total of 172,159 voters cast ballots early during early voting in Davidson County.

The last day of voting was also the heaviest day, with 18,073 voters casting ballots on Thursday.

The total is just shy of the record in Nashville, when 190,705 people voted early in the 2008 presidential election.

Rutherford County broke an early voting record this election with close to 80,000 people casting ballots early. The previous early voting high in county was 66,000.