Protesters picket polling places

Bernie Landerman leaves City Hall after voting Tuesday morning. On the way out, he passed protesters Randy Leigh, middle, Mount Horeb; and Elias Groth, Madison.

As voters arrived at the polls Tuesday, they were greeted by what’s become a familiar sight around Wisconsin these past two months:

Protesters.

On a day with no contested races in the city of Ripon, voters found themselves making a different kind of choice as they entered City Hall.

Ignore the protesters petitioning for the recall of state Sen. Luther Olsen ... or respond to them in some fashion, positively or negatively.

This occurred as Riponites voted on a state Supreme Court justice, and for three uncontested seats on the Ripon Area School Board..

Many passed by quietly, but not all.

People periodically would drive by, giving a thumbs-up.

Some stopped to shake hands and offer words of encouragement with the individuals, who traded in and out through the course of the day.

Others were less receptive.

“I don’t mind this,” said protester Randy Leigh of Mount Horeb, gesturing a thumbs-down. “I just don’t like it when they get foul-mouthed.”

Leigh, though, noted most in Ripon were not rude in their responses.

Read the full story in the April 7, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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