Early voters wait outside the Franklin County Board of Elections Monday in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: John Minchillo, AP Photo

Last weekend saw long lines – no, not for poached eggs and bottomless mimosas – but for another American tradition: voting. And early in-person voting at that.

Prior to Election Day, there are various options for rocking the vote early: You can mail in an absentee ballot, vote early online, fax it in or cast a ballot in person at an early voting polling station. Depending on what state you’re in, you may or may not need an excuse why. In the 2012 presidential election, early voting made up 31.6 percent of the vote. So it’s an important chunk of voters.

Early voting is usually touted as the easy and convenient way to cast a ballot. At least that’s what President Barack Obama said in this video he made for the Hillary Clinton campaign. “Why wait until November 8 when you literally you can choose the day and the time that works for your schedule?” he asks.

It seems a number of people agreed with the sentiment.

Folks on Twitter reported long lines at polling places across the country in battleground states, including Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio:

Clark County in Nevada

Nevada became a surprise hot topic over the weekend when long lines were reported on the last day, and in the last hours, of early voting for the state. Friday night, KNTV in Las Vegas reported that Clark County broke its record for single-day early voting with more than 57,000 people coming out to cast a ballot.

ABC News reported that those waiting in line at the Cardenas Market, seen above, were mostly Latino and waited about two hours to vote. Poll times were extended by several hours to accommodate the record-breaking crowd. This extension, however, brought the ire of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who claimed that there was a more sinister reason behind it.

“It’s being reported that certain key Democratic polling locations in Clark County were kept open for hours and hours beyond closing time to bus and bring Democratic voters in,” Trump said.

But it turns out, polls stayed open because it’s the law. Nevada’s elections code states that “voting must continue until those voters have voted.” So voters in line before the polls close all get to vote.

Total early voter turnout for the county was 488,938, according to Clark County’s Election Department, compared with 2012’s 436,568.

Wake County in North Carolina 

Outcries of voter suppression in North Carolina flooded social media feeds over the weekend. But amid the allegations that Sunday voting was eliminated for discriminatory reasons, droves waited in long lines to vote.

The line you see captured above was at North Carolina State University, where voters waited over two hours, according to journalist Sean Gallitz of CBS News. The early voting cutoff was at 1 p.m. Saturday, and WRAL reported that poll volunteers delivered pizza to the patient crowd.

At 302,382, this election season has surpassed the 2012 presidential election’s record-breaking 260,743 early voter turnout, according to the Wake County Board of Elections.

Hamilton County in Ohio 

Saahil Desai mapped the early voting line in Cincinnati on Sunday – a line that looks to stretch more than half a mile (that’s about 1,200 steps for you Fitbit people). And according to him, there were thousands waiting. However, Cincinnati.com’s report was a little more conservative.

Whichever estimate you chose to believe, the line was long. Why? Because there’s only one early voting polling place in Hamilton County – a county with a population of over 800,000 people.

Twitter’s reaction was swift.

In-person early voter turnout in Hamilton County was a record-breaking 27,004 as of Sunday night. Early voting ended Monday at 2 p.m.

UPDATE, Nov. 8, 2016, 9:36 a.m.: The final number is in: 106,197 Hamilton County residents turned out to vote early in this year’s general election. This number is down from both 2012 and 2008, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Julia B. Chan can be reached at jchan@cironline.org. Follow her on Twitter: @juliachanb.

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Julia B. Chan worked at The Center for Investigative Reporting until June, 2017. Julia B. Chan is a producer and the digital editor for Reveal's national public radio program. She’s the voice of Reveal online and manages the production and curation of digital story assets that are sent to more than 200 stations across the country. Previously, Chan helped The Center for Investigative Reporting launch YouTube’s first investigative news channel, The I Files, and led engagement strategies – online and off – for multimedia projects. She oversaw communications, worked to better connect CIR’s work with a bigger audience and developed creative content and collaborations to garner conversation and impact.

Before joining CIR, Chan worked as a Web editor and reporter at the San Francisco Examiner. She managed the newspaper’s digital strategy and orchestrated its first foray into social media and online engagement. A rare San Francisco native, she studied broadcasting at San Francisco State University, focusing on audio production and recording. Chan is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.