GREEN BAY - The familiar beep of the voting machine is something poll workers at the First Presbyterian Church in Green Bay say they haven't heard a lot of during this spring primary.
"It's been pretty slow today, but that was expected," said poll worker Beverly Kurtz.
Some poll workers say they're relieved voter turnout was slow Tuesday, because this is the first election requiring voters to show an ID before getting a ballot.
Beyond that, not only do voters have to show an acceptable form of government-issued photo ID, they also must state their name for the poll worker and sign the poll book. There are nine acceptable forms of ID.
The address on your ID doesn't have to be your current address. However, if you're registering to vote, you do need a document, like a bill, that does have your current address, indicating you live in that district.
That's even more crucial this time because the boundaries of many voting districts have changed.
But, poll workers say they also haven't heard too many complaints about using an ID to vote.
"I think it's been going really well. We had a couple of disgruntled people but on a whole everybody comes in with their license," said Kurtz.
Poll workers say most voters already had their IDs in hand and ready to go as they came in and cast their ballots Tuesday. And just in case they didn't know what they needed to bring, they had a sheet describing what IDs are accepted.
"I think people are prepared for the most part," said Kurtz.
The majority of voters we spoke with say they don't mind the new law.
"I have always shown my ID when I came to vote regardless of the new law, so it was the same for me," said Mark Stankiewicz.
"Oh, I think it's a good idea," said Cheryl Schmieder.
"It doesn't bother me. Showing my ID is just fine. I feel its better that we know who every person is to vote," John Wierzchowski.
Both voters and poll workers are expecting a bit longer lines and more delays for larger turnout elections in the future.
"It may slow things down a bit, but I think people knowing to vote it shouldn't be a big problem. But it didn't take that much extra time," said Schmieder.
Poll workers say today was a less stressful time to break in the new regulations, as they look ahead to a busy year in 2012 at the polls.
Poll workers at one location in Green Bay say they had used the recall elections last year as a dry-run for using voter ID, even though the actual law did not take effect until Tuesday's election.
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