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A First Look At Early Voting In Bexar County

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Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio
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San Antonians wait in line to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting at Lions Field Park.

Early voting for the 2020 General Election began Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Texas.

The Bexar County Elections Department reported 33,111 residents voted on the first day of early voting on Tuesday.

The AT&T Center mega voting center was the most popular site for in-person voters, with 1,560 ballots cast.

As the polls opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday, many voters began reporting voting sites already had long lines with more than 100 people.

There were lengthy lines reported across the city, including at Lions Field Park. Alamo Heightsโ€™ Laurie Haley was surprised at the line when she got there about 9 a.m. to vote with her husband.

"Itโ€™s unlike anything Iโ€™ve ever seen in my life. Iโ€™ve seen it on T.V. in other states where people have had to wait hours in line. Never happened to me before," Haley said. "I had a feeling it might happen this time though."

Michael Enderle was there with a couple of friends, and really surprised โ€” and pleased โ€” with the huge lines.

"For me voting is important. I was also in the Marine Corps," said Enderle. "So, if voting makes a difference, I think that's democracy. I lived in the Middle East for 10 years and I'm surprised how sometimes we (take) the vote so much for granted."

Lions Field was Debra Lewis' second choice. She said her first choice had even more voters at it than here.

"I went to the library first on Harry Wurzbach. It was insane. It went on for miles," Lewis said.

TPR readers and listeners also saw long lines in San Antonio's North Side.

And on the South Side:

Also on Tuesday, the Bexar County Court ruled in favor of increased polling locations on Election Day.

The Bexar County Elections Department has been ordered to add 18 Election Day polls, making the total 302. They will also be required to post the locations on its website 21 days before the election, instead of two.

The lawsuit was filed by MOVE Texas, the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Texas Organizing Project.