Even 12 years as York's highest-ranking politician doesn't trump the law.
As Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County, entered his Spring Garden Township polling place at Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center, poll volunteers joked he should have his identification ready in case someone actually didn't recognize him.
From congressman to college student, all of the 58,000 York County voters who turned out to vote Tuesday were asked to show photo identification as a tune-up for a new state law.
Most people were able to provide the photo ID, and there were few incidents surrounding the law, said Nikki Suchanic, director of York County Department of Elections and Voter Registration.
There was some "isolated confusion" about the law, she said, and at least one voter who flatly refused to provide identification.
"They just said, 'I don't legally have to show you my ID today because the law doesn't take effect until November,'" Suchanic said. "They were right. ... They were still allowed to vote."
Tuesday's primary was a soft rollout for the law. People who couldn't provide identification were allowed to vote, but they were given an information sheet listing acceptable forms of identification and warning the rule will go into effect in November, Suchanic said.
In November, people without identification will have to cast a provisional ballot and will have six days to fax, email or show in person a photo ID to the county's elections office, she said.
Snafu: There were no lines at the polls Tuesday, and asking for ID didn't delay or cause chaos, Suchanic said.
The only major glitch in the rule's implementation was confusion at one York City polling place, where the elections judge was under the mistaken impression that people needed to provide two forms of identification, she said.
A voter from the precinct called the elections office, and Suchanic immediately called to clarify the rule with the elections judge, she said.
She said all of the voters were allowed to vote, though some might now be confused.
Voters OK: Democrats and Republicans had different opinions about the legislation, with the GOP championing it as a fraud-prevention method and the Democrats saying there were no fraud allegations and accusing the Republicans of wanting to stifle Democratic voters.
But at the polls Tuesday, both Democrats and Republicans said they support the rule.
"I love it," said Republican Sue Ann Randall, 64, of York Township. "We need ID to do everything else. I work in a bank, and you need ID to cash a check. This is every bit as important."
York Township Democrat Dirk M. Ness, 55, said the voter ID legislation should have passed years ago, "just to make sure there's no hanky-panky."
And while Suchanic said all poll workers were told to ask all voters for ID, a voter at one Spring Garden Township polling place said workers must've slipped up with her.
Cristy Zortman, a Republican, said her father was a longtime police officer for the township and people recognized her. She wasn't asked for ID, which was good, she said, because she didn't have it.
"They recognized me," she said.
But Suchanic said she'll follow up with workers, affirming her earlier directive to card everyone.
"They probably knew her and thought, 'Well she's the police officer's daughter so she's legit,'" she said. "But I told them, I said, 'I don't care if it's your husband or son or daughter ...'"
November: Suchanic said she's optimistic the November implementation will go smoothly.
"Even if you show up and didn't know that you need ID, I think most people would just vote the provisional or be willing to go get ID if they don't have it," she said.
People who need to get an ID to be able to vote can get one free from any of the state's Department of Transportation Driver License Centers. Visit www.votespa.com or call 1-877-VOTESPA for more information.
Suchanic said York County has thus far spent less than $800, the cost of the fliers handed out to voters who had no ID, to implement the rule.
- Reach Christina Kauffman at 505-5436, firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Twitter at @YDYorkCounty.