In most cases, asking for photo ID wasn't an issue
While Bradford County voters were asked to show a photo ID in Tuesday's election, for the most part the request did not cause problems.
However, at Towanda Borough's First Ward polling place, several people did become "belligerent" after being asked to produce a photo ID on Tuesday, said Alma Josbena, majority inspector of elections for the polling place. Those who became belligerent said they didn't have to show a photo ID, according to the poll workers at the polling place.
"We got a few calls (from people who were upset about being asked to show photo ID), but I don't think there were any incidents" where someone became physically violent, said Robin Nolan, Bradford County assistant elections director.
Under a new state law, voters have to show an acceptable form of photo ID when they cast a ballot. However, due to concerns that some voters would not have been able to get an ID before the Nov. 6 election, an appellate court had ruled that voters did not have to show a photo ID to vote in Tuesday's election.
However, in the next election, voters will be required to show an acceptable form of photo ID in order to cast a ballot, Nolan said.
If voters did not have a photo ID on Tuesday, they were given a sheet explaining the types of photo ID that would be acceptable to use in coming elections, Nolan said.
Election workers at polling places throughout the Valley asked voters to display a photo ID Tuesday with few complaints, officials reported. Many voting locations posted signs at entrances informing voters that they may be asked to show identification.
"Most people have decided that they're going to be asked for it," said Donna Nocchi, judge of elections at the South Waverly Borough municipal building. Voters there voluntarily showed their IDs throughout the day, Nocchi said.
Most voters at the Athens Township municipal building were prepared to show ID as well, said Linda Corbin, the polling place's judge of elections.
John Engle, judge of elections at the Athens Borough municipal building polling place, said most voters displayed theirs without incident. Although a photo ID was not required to vote Tuesday, Engle said workers were sure to ask voters for it "just to get everyone used to it."
Jim Donovan, judge of elections at the Ulster-Sheshequin Fire Association hall, Ulster Township's polling location, said only a few voters refused to show identification. For the most part, "everyone's had ID," Donovan said Tuesday. "We do ask for it."
In Wells Township, Judge of Elections Georgia Schonher said there were no problems with ID at the polling place.
"People have been very good about it," she said, adding that the voters were aware of the situation as it stands with voter ID in the election.
She said the majority of them had ID.
She said they were advised that at the next election, they should have it.
Columbia Township Judge of Elections Bonnie Duart also said voter ID wasn't an issue at the polling place.
South Creek Township Judge of Elections Tammy Kapp said of those asked for ID, only two refused.
She said the majority had "no issue with it."
Marie Fox, elections judge in Rome Borough said: "People have been very cooperative. They showed their driver's license if they had it, but we haven't turned anybody away for not having it. I think having (the voter identification regulations would) help us a lot. That way we can identify people and make sure we know the person trying to vote is who they say they are. But (the court decision) may be a good thing. It will give people more time so that they'll be prepared next time."
Karen Smalser, elections judge in Wyalusing Borough, said: "There haven't been any problems. It's been really good. Only one person refused to show identification before she voted, but most people are volunteering their identification."
Connie Green, elections judge in New Albany Borough said: "No one has had any problems. Everyone has had their ID ready. I don't think it will be a problem in the future. People can get their identifications done quite easily. Even people who don't drive can just get a ride to the DMV and get an ID done. We know just about everyone who come in by face and name. I know in bigger areas that's probably not the case."