Voter ID law takes effect with no major problems

Published On: Feb 21 2012 09:30:52 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 21 2012 09:30:52 PM CST

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Normally, the spring primary elections this year would be considered low-profile. However, they did receive some extra attention, more for how people voted and not who the were voting for.

Wisconsin's new voter ID law went into effect, with no major incidents in La Crosse County.

County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer believes that's because voters and poll workers had several test runs last year.

"They were prepared last year when we kept asking them. We had 7 elections last year, of which 5 of them we asked for the ID's for that soft implementation," said Dankmeyer.

She says it was the new voting districts that caused the real confusion.

"It's more of people showing up at the wrong polling places or people showing up to vote and they're not in that district to vote," said Dankmeyer.

Some people were voting at a new place for the first time in a decade. However, they were warned ahead of time by the La Crosse city clerk.

Not everyone agrees with the new voter ID law, which is why there are three different pending lawsuits challenging its constitutionality.

Those who do think it's needed, say it helps ensure fair elections.

"When it comes to voting, I think it's probably the greatest privilege we have in America," said Bob Mahr, a La Crosse voter.

"In doing so, I have no problem showing who I am, where I'm from, and why I'm here," he added.