Voters report poll workers asking for identifications

Voters tell News 12 New Jersey that this sign was posted at a polling location in Metuchen. It is illegal to ask for a voter for an ID in New Jersey unless it is the first time the voter has voted in a particular county.

Voters tell News 12 New Jersey that this sign was posted at a polling location in Metuchen. It is illegal to ask for a voter for an ID in New Jersey unless it is the first time the voter has voted in a particular county. (11/8/16)

METUCHEN - Some polling locations were asking voters for identification before letting them vote on Election Day, which is illegal in New Jersey.

Signs were posted at the Moss School in Metuchen asking voters to have their identifications ready.

Isabel Wedin, of Metuchen, says poll workers were asking everyone for their ID and that she provided hers as asked.  She says she witnessed a woman who did not have an ID challenge poll workers and said their reaction made her think twice.

"They just got really aggressive nasty with her, to the point that they were at least irritated. They were being not supportive of her ability to vote,” Wedin says.

The Middlesex County Democrats Organization confirms that the Board of Elections immediately corrected the illegal practice. The signs were taken down by 1 p.m. 

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer posted on Twitter that she was also asked to show her ID at the polls.

According to the New Jersey Board of Elections, a voter only needs to show identification if it is the first time they have voted in their county or if they registered to vote by mail and did not provide an identification number or copy of the identification.

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