SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Day one of early voting started in Massachusetts on Saturday and many residents already started making their way to the polls.

Sometimes it can be tough for people to make it out to vote on Election Day, but Massachusetts residents have the option to vote early, and that started on Oct. 17.

One Springfield voter said the process to vote was easy.

"Me, my wife, and my granddaughter came today to say it was the first day. Our timing was perfect. We got in, we got out, [and] we’re done," Springfield resident Donald Ford said.

Early Saturday afternoon, Westfield City Clerk Karen Fanion said the turnout was steady with almost 150 voters.

"We’re here to have early voting, so I think people should take advantage of it," she said. "There are no lines here, so it’s a very convenient way to be voting. I encourage people to come in and vote."

Any registered voter can vote early without a reason for doing so. The process is just like voting on Election Day, but people fill out a ballot, seal it in an envelope, and it’s counted on Nov. 3, with the rest of the ballots.

This year the presidential matchup is expected to attract historic voter turnout.

"Take advantage of the opportunity in front of you, but you got to vote. You got to vote. Did I say you got to vote? You got to vote," Ford said.

Click here for more on polling locations nearby and information on early voting in Massachusetts, which will take place until Oct. 30.

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