Carrie Hinkel-Gill 
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Re: “96-year-old Woman Who Voted During Jim Crow Is Denied Photo ID

Yes, this article is a year old, but you need to read the actual article this piece is based on before you spout stuff about how easy it is to get this or that!
1. This woman has no children and buried 2 (yes, that's two) husbands.
2. "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." - taken from the actual article this piece refers to
3. She had a photo ID issued to her by local police that is given to all residents of the Boynton Terrace public housing complex, but it's not considered valid material for a voter ID.
4. She never learned to drive, so never had a DL ID.

What people should be upset about is not the fact that she needed her marriage certificate. What they should be upset about is the fact that instead of the state workers trying to help this woman (who had her voter registration card!) get her FREE VOTER ID CARD, they are telling her to vote by absentee ballot! That's the disgraceful thing here!

What else people should find upsetting is the following: " 'It is department policy that in order to get a photo ID, a citizen must provide documentation that links their name to the documentation that links their name to the document they are using as primary proof of identity,' Qualls said. 'In this case, since Ms. Cooper's birth certificate (her primary proof of identity) and voter registration card were two different names, the examiner was unable to provide the free ID.' Despite that, Qualls said, "the examiner should have taken extra steps to determine alternative forms of documentation for Ms. Cooper. ' "

I also found it very interesting that in TN, people over 60 can have their photo removed from their IDs... huh? What's the point of having IDs in the first place if the elderly can choose (by law?) to have their photo removed from their ID? How does that even go to solve any potential of voter fraud? It doesn't!

"The legislature allocated $438,000 to provide free photo IDs for registered voters who don't have a qualified ID." - still from the actual article - The woman doesn't have a qualified ID for voting, yet they wouldn't try to help her get one when she had plenty of different IDs that could have together provided enough information for them to give her the voter ID in the first place!…

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Posted by Carrie Hinkel-Gill on 08/21/2012 at 5:01 AM

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