SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -

It's that time again in Minnehaha County.

The 2016 general election season is under way and registered voters in South Dakota can now begin absentee voting.

Early voters like Marc Paulsen said they come to the polls early to get-in and get-out to avoid the election day rush.

"That way we don't have to deal with a lot of people coming in the day of the election. We already have our minds made up so we're not going to change our minds so we thought we'd go ahead and vote today,” said Paulsen.

Crystal Ortbahn, an early voter, echoed Paulsen and said she was ready to cast her vote now as opposed to November.

"I've made up my decision so it's good to know I've done my duty as a citizen of this country. Now, I just look forward to encourage others to vote as well,” said Ortbahn.

Paulsen said he expects he won’t be the only one to hit the polls with more than a month away.

"I happen to know a lot of people who early vote but I think that's people more my age range,” said Paulsen.

Ortbahn, however, believes more of her friends will come out to vote early.

While it is encouraged for anyone at or over the age of 18 to participate, she hopes that proper research will be done before making a poll appearance.

"Who they're voting for, not just in the national elections but in their local elections and especially in South Dakota for the initiated measures that are on the ballot, look at those carefully and make your decision,” said Ortbahn.

People must be registered at least 15 days prior to the election to vote in this year's general election.

A registration form must be completed to be eligible to vote.

The only item you need to cast your vote is a valid identification card.