Politics

96-year-old Woman Who Voted During Jim Crow Is Denied Photo ID

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The title pretty much says it all, but here’s more from the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Dorothy Cooper is 96 but she can remember only one election when she’s been eligible to vote but hasn’t.

The retired domestic worker was born in a small North Georgia town before women had the right to vote. She began casting ballots in her 20s after moving to Chattanooga for work. She missed voting for John F. Kennedy in 1960 because a move to Nashville prevented her from registering in time.

So when she learned last month at a community meeting that under a new state law she’d need a photo ID to vote next year, she talked with a volunteer about how to get to a state Driver Service Center to get her free ID. But when she got there Monday with an envelope full of documents, a clerk denied her request.

That morning, Cooper slipped a rent receipt, a copy of her lease, her voter registration card and her birth certificate into a Manila envelope. Typewritten on the birth certificate was her maiden name, Dorothy Alexander.

“But I didn’t have my marriage certificate,” Cooper said Tuesday afternoon, and that was the reason the clerk said she was denied a free voter ID at the Cherokee Boulevard Driver Service Center.

Here are all the papers she brought with her…

Clearly she’s trying to pull one over on Tennessee. Yeah…

If you haven’t heard yet, Republicans state legislatures across the country are trying to make it A LOT harder for the poor, elderly and minorities to vote with these new ID laws. Know why? When more people vote…Dems usually win handily. When fewer people vote, elections tend to swing towards the Repubs. It has been that way for years.

And yes, we all hear about voter fraud…when Republicans talk about it.

Why don’t you hear about it other times?

Because it doesn’t exist.

Sure, the right made a lot of hay about what ACORN did, but all they were guilty of was hiring lazy people who were registering fake people to vote so they could get paid more per registration. That’s it. There was no coordinated attempt to actually get IDs for those fake registrants so that they could then vote. And Republicans know it.

And yet, we have heartbreaking stories like the above.

So congrats Republicans! You might win this one yet…