96-Year-Old Chattanooga Woman Denied Voting ID

Posted by | October 6, 2011 19:05 | Filed under: Top Stories

Submitted by Mr. Right

96-year-old Dorothy Cooper wanted to vote.

So when she learned last month at a community meeting that under a new Tennessee state law she would 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 since she didn’t have a marriage certificate, the clerk denied Ms. Cooper a free voter ID at the Cherokee Boulevard Driver Service Center.

Cooper was told she could file an absentee ballot, but she wants to go to the polls, walker and all.

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