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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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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.