WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Early voting started in North Carolina Thursday, and Forsyth County is going digital to help with wait times.

Several Forsyth County departments have come together to develop a web-based voting app. The app shows voters where to find early voting locations and even lists wait times throughout day.

Tim Tsujii, Forsyth County's board of elections director, says the app serves several purposes.

"This is a free service that we wanted to offer voters," Tsujii said. "It's truly a benefit to them; it's also a benefit to us because we can use the data after the election to figure out how we can better plan for future elections."

The app came in handy Thursday as more than 1,300 people took advantage of early voting in Forsyth County.

While there was a wait, voters said it was worth it.

"It feels really good, absolutely wonderful to come and vote and see all the people out here," said James Shores, of Winston-Salem.

Cynthia Drew said, "It was inspiring, it was a really good mix of the community. I was delighted to see everyone performing their civic duty in a very pleasant environment."

Early voting in Forsyth County is currently only available at the county's government building at 201 N. Chestnut Street in Winston-Salem. Sixteen other early voting locations will open Oct. 27.

For more information about early voting in Forsyth County, visit the FCVotes website.

And, if you live outside of Forsyth County, you can find more information about your polling place here.