GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Americans taking advantage of early voting are joined this year by President Obama, who voted early on Thursday in Chicago. He is the first sitting president to vote early.
Normally the commander in chief casts his ballot on Election Day.
But for some, voting at a polling precinct is tradition for some citizens.
It's a rite of passage, and it is one they hope won't go by the wayside as people turn more and more to mail-in ballots.
Local Grand Junction resident Lue Wilcox brought his daughters to the election precinct.
"I think it’s a great opportunity for them to see what it's like to vote and to get involved in politics and the American system. I think our youth need to see what it takes for us to make our nation great and vote. I think it's a great opportunity for them to see how it works,” said Wilcox.
The elections precinct, at 200 S. Spruce Street, will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for voters. On Election Day, all five voting locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.