SAN ANTONIO -- Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman Manuel Medina says he was turned down at the polls on the first day of early voting.
Medina said he went to Cody Library, 11441 Vance Jackson Road, after receiving complaints about a two-line system at the polling station.
While there, Medina said he tried to cast his ballot but was told he had already voted.
"If this happens to me, how many people is this happneing to?" asked Medina.
After about 30 minutes, the polling station figured out that Medina actually hadn't voted yet. He was then permitted to cast a ballot.
In regards to the complaint, Medina said the library is separating voters into two lines: One line for residents with voter ID cards and another line for residents with some other form of ID.
Workers at the Cody Library polling station said they were told to operate with the two-line system.
Polling stations in Bexar County opened for early voting at 8 a.m. Monday. As of noon on Monday, early voting was off to a strong start.
Jacque Callanen, of the Bexar County Elections Office, said they were seeing about 2,500 votes an hour — about eight percent higher that early voting numbers in 2008.
"This is what we're here for," she said. "This is exciting."
Callanen said they usually have 14 workers at their downtown office. On Monday, however, they had 60 to accommodate the high number of calls.