Some voters were a little disgruntled when they found out they had to show an "acceptable" form of identification at the polls for the Feb. 21, 2012 primary election.
But most voted anyway.
For the first time, voters were required to show a photo ID before they could receive a ballot. Some said the new voter ID law would prevent people from even showing up to the polls, and they said that the law discriminates against people who are poor and homeless.
Criticism aside, area clerks and poll workers said yesterday went off without a hitch. That didn't keep some from testing the limits, however.
One Mount Pleasant man refused to vote when he found out his veteran's identification card wasn't acceptable, and a person in Caledonia thought they would be cute and put a monkey face over their picture on their driver's license when they handed it over to the poll worker.
Here's how things went in several area communities:
Things went great. We had two voters who didn't have proper ID. However they were able to go home and come back with the correct photo ID and vote.
Lynn Galyardt, director of finance and administration
For the most part we didn't have any problems. There were a couple of people who were kind of creepy. One person put a monkey face on his driver's license. A couple of others didn't like the idea of having to sign the poll book so they jammed their pen into the paper and ripped the paper.
Karie Torkilsen, village clerk
People need to know that they have to sign the poll book in order to vote besides giving photo ID. That really needs to get out for future elections. If they refuse to sign the poll book they will not go any further. Before they get the ballot they have to sign the poll book. All it is is that we match the signature on the ID with the poll book.
Kathy Kazsa, Clerk Treasurer
Greenfield’s election inspectors said that voters came to the polls prepared with proper photo ID. I was told that some electors were proud to show their photo ID and made comments as such, while others appeared to be disappointed with the new requirements, yet they still provided photo ID, as required.
Jennifer Goergen, City Clerk
Traffic was slow; perhaps the slowest in recent memory, but the day was a good trial run for residents to get used to new polling places and workers to get comfortable with new procedures because of Voter ID.
We didn't have any problems, really. We expected to get a little flak from people about having to show ID, but people were more than willing to go along with the new law. This year will be busy for elections so this was a good trial run for everyone.
Sue Stearns, deputy clerk/treasurer
According to a story by the Racine Journal Times, when a Mount Pleasant man presented his veteran's card as his identification, the poll worker refused to take it and asked him if he had a driver's license. But he refused to present it and walked away without voting.
We've had no one object. In fact many people have said they're glad we're finally asking for ID.
Beverly Subel, poll worker
Poll workers said they did not have any problems related to the new voter identification law that was in effect for the first time.
Nearly all voters came prepared with the proper identification.
Christa Miller, acting city clerk
Only about 151 eligible voters came through Village Hall to cast a ballot. No problems with Voter ID. This was a smaller election, which was a good way to get people into the routine of showing their ID and the poll workers felt comfortable with the whole process.
Mary Cole, Village Clerk/Deputy Treasurer
The new voter ID laws went very smoothly yesterday. If someone didn't already have it out, they had no problem getting it out for us. I didn't hear any complaints from people voting.
Sue Freiheit, Sussex Village Clerk
Voter response to the ID requirements was mixed — with some all ready with their IDs and had no comment to those who voiced disapproval for the new law.
“The majority of voters were in favor of the voter ID and signature” that's required under the state’s new election law.
Gwen Simonis, a poll worker at Wilson School