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

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Voter ID may seem like a sensible request, but in many states issues like Voter ID end in complications that cut certain people out of the voting pool. 

At age 96, Dorothy Cooper is the new poster child for what’s wrong with the state’s photo ID voter law. A retired domestic worker living in Chattanooga, she never had any trouble voting even in the Jim Crow era and missed only one election in her entire adult life. But when she went for one of the state’s new free photo IDs last month so she could keep voting, they turned her away. Why?

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Original article written by Jeff Woods for Pith in the Wind and posted October 5, 2011.

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