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Videos, photos show massive turnout on the first day of early voting across Texas

More than 10,000 people voted in Bexar County in by noon

SAN ANTONIO – The first day of early voting in Texas started with a bang.

Across the state, election administrators are bracing for a record-breaking turnout amid a tumultuous 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bexar County Elections Department said each polling site saw lines of voters on Tuesday morning. By noon, 10,509 voters cast a ballot in Bexar County, the department said. Further tallies would be available by day’s end, election officials said.

“The early ‘birds’ are out today,” the department said on Facebook. “Please come prepared to vote - have your selections written down before you head out to vote.”

At the AT&T Center, which is a polling site for the first time, voters waited up to an hour.

“We felt it was incredibly important to vote,” Kris Davis, who stood in line from 7:50-8:50 a.m., told KSAT.

A record number of Bexar County residents — 1,181,000 — are registered to vote for this presidential election. Across the state, 16 million Texans are registered to vote.

And with the gates of the early voting period unlocked, tens of thousands of Texans filed in to fulfill their civic duty.

View social media videos and photos of long lines at polling centers across Texas below.

Early voting lasts until Oct. 30 in Texas, and Election Day is slated for Nov. 3. For a list of polling places in Bexar County, click here.

Find more election resources, like who is on the ballot, on our Vote 2020 page.

San Antonio

Scene outside of Lions Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, on the first day of early voting in Texas.
Scene outside of Lions Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, on the first day of early voting in Texas. (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)
A line of early voters is seen outside the Tobin Library in San Antonio on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, the first day of early voting in Texas.
A line of early voters is seen outside the Tobin Library in San Antonio on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, the first day of early voting in Texas. (KSAT)

Austin area

Houston area

Galveston

Dallas area

Signs remind voters to social distance as they line up outside Richardson City Hall for early voting Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Richardson, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Signs remind voters to social distance as they line up outside Richardson City Hall for early voting Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Richardson, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Voters line up outside Richardson City Hall for early voting Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Richardson, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Voters line up outside Richardson City Hall for early voting Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Richardson, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Corpus Christi

El Paso

Rio Grande Valley

Waco

Midland

Lubbock

Abilene

Pflugerville

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