Don’t forget your photo ID when voting today
I had my photo ID—a driver’s license. I knew I still voted at First Lutheran Church. I knew that even before the city mailed a card confirming it for me. But dang, I forgot that my ward number had changed, and I didn’t recall which one I was in now and didn’t have the card with me when I hurried over to vote at about 9:25 a.m.
Lead pollworker Sherman Anderson quickly helped me determine on a map that I’m now in Ward 14, and I was done voting within minutes.
At least I didn’t vote for TWO candidates for Rock County judge. That’s right, while voters will trim the field of six Janesville attorneys to two candidates in today’s primary, at least two voters had already selected two candidates instead of the one choice you’re limited to.
I was voter No. 52 in Ward 14.
Things were running smoothly for the most part. Anderson said the map was a little tiny, and the colors made it hard to read. He often resorted to a magnifying glass. Pollworker Fred Yoss said they had a couple of hitches quickly finding last names with splits, such as Mc Carthy, in poll books. A few people had come to the wrong polling place.
As Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler reminded voters in an email this morning, the process is pretty simple. You must state your full name and address, show an acceptable photo ID and sign the poll book with your full name. (I had a pen in my hand and almost signed with that, but the pollworker said, no, I had to use theirs with red ink).
It’s simple, as long as you know where your voting place is and which ward you are in.
Several people came to First Lutheran Church before I voted, Yoss said, but learned they were in the wrong place. While I was there, one young woman was leaving. I asked if she’d voted, and she said no, it turns out she lives in Janesville Township. I didn’t ask how she wound up at First Lutheran.
I talked to a handful of other voters, mostly older folks, as they were leaving. Most said they had no problems voting, even those coming to First Lutheran for the first time. One said her address had changed and wasn’t in the poll book, but that issue was quickly solved.
Several greatly appreciated the little cards the city mailed them that told where they voted and what wards they were in.
I hope the little snowfall we had early today doesn’t deter you from voting. Sure, the judge race is the lone countywide race, but that’s an important election, and there are a few local races in parts of the county other than the city of Janesville. If you know of someone who doesn’t drive much these days and might be reluctant to venture out in sloppy conditions, it might be nice if you’d offer him or her a lift to the polls. Polls remain open until 8 p.m.
Did you run into any problems voting today? Did you have any problems getting a photo ID? Did you appreciate the cards the city mailed to voters, or did you think they were a waste of tax dollars?