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Early October, Mrs. Dorothy Cooper, a retired 96-year-old housekeeper from Chattanooga, was denied a Voter ID under a new Republican law passed this year.

 

Armed with a rent receipt, copy of her lease, voter registration card and birth certificate, Mrs. Cooper applied for a free photo ID. She was denied because her birth certificate carried her maiden name, and she didn’t have her marriage certificate. Mrs. Cooper has outlived two husbands.

 

Mrs. Cooper first registered to vote in the 1930s and has never had a problem voting on Election Day — even during the Jim Crow era — that is until now.

 

There are nearly 700,000 Tennesseans just like Mrs. Cooper who have no state-issued photo identification. Mrs. Cooper's experience in trying to get a Voter ID  illustrates exactly how this new Republican law will prevent good, law-abiding citizens from participating in the democratic process.

 

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Make a difference by leading or volunteering in a voter education and registration drive in your community.

 

 

Have you or a loved one had trouble trying to get a voter ID? Long lines, burdensome documentation or flat out denied? We want to hear from people who have seen first hand how this new Republican law has built barriers around the ballot box. Call 615-327-9779.

 

VOTER ID IN THE NEWS

 

 

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Chattanooga Times Free Press: 96-year-old Chattanooga resident denied voting ID

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

The Washington Post: Five myths about voter fraud

In “The Breakfast Club,” a geeky high school student played by Anthony Michael Hall says he procured a fake ID not to buy beer, but to vote. But are new photo ID laws in Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin really necessary to stop widespread fraud like that perpetrated by a John Hughes character? Or are photo ID laws just another conservative scheme to oppress young people and minorities and limit Democratic turnout?

 

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