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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The GOP War On Voting Rights, cont...

Oct 5th, 2011

The GOP's war on voting rights is finally causing casualties. The Chattanooga Times-Free Press reports:

Image via Progress NC
"Dorothy Cooper 
is 96 but she can remember only one election when 
she's been eligible 
to vote 

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."

"I don't know what difference it makes," Cooper said."

Neither do we, Ms. Cooper. Neither do we.

Read more HERE.

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