96-year old denied free ID and won't be allowed to vote

MayrMeninoCrash

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No reason all Americans who want to vote can't get some ID right? Just a matter of filling out a few forms.

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

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? Her maiden name, Dorothy Alexander, is on her birth certificate, and she didn't have her marriage license. Her story is on the front page of the Chattanooga Times Free Press today.
It's beginning to dawn on some Republicans that they might have overreached just a tad bit with this photo ID law. Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, is one of the main proponents, and even he is backpedaling. Yesterday, as liberal groups launched a petition drive against the law and the Senate held hearings into whether it's disenfranchising voters, Ketron introduced a bill to let anyone over the age of 60 vote by absentee ballot without a photo ID.

Ketron said he doesn't understand why anyone wouldn't want a photo ID. "They make you proud," he said.

An absentee ballot is the solution that's been offered Dorothy Cooper. But as she told the Times Free Press' Ansley Haman, she prefers to actually go to the polls, even though she has to do it in a walker. That's what makes people proud, not photo IDs. Here's a woman who has gone to her voting precinct to do her patriotic duty her whole life, even when the segregationist laws were intentionally aimed at preventing it. And now they tell her no.

We imagine the network TV reporters will arrive on Mrs. Cooper's doorstep sometime soon. If they don't want to be held up to ridicule around the country, state election officials should go there ahead of time to deliver her photo ID.
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Gee,I wonder what side this "journalist" was on. This is a paperwork error. Big deal.
 

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The system isn't 100% perfect? Better to just not check at all. What's the worst that could happen?
 

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10 cases of in-person voter fraud the last ten years. Sounds like a problem...Why aren't Republicans worried about absentee ballot voter fraud I wonder?
 

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10 cases that got caught. Don't be stupid. You know it happens. Everyone knows it happens.
 

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About half my liberal 'friends' posted that story on their facebooks today. Of course everyone, including the Media, wants to pretend this very recent poll doesn't exist.

Washington Post Poll: Nearly 75% of Americans Support Voter ID Laws

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 3:43pm by Erica Ritz
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A little-reported Washington Post poll Monday indicated that nearly 75% of adults in the country support laws requiring voters to show official identification before casting their ballots.

“In your view, should voters in the United States be required to show official, government-issued identification — such as a drivers license — when they cast ballots on Election Day, or shouldn’t they have to do this?” pollsters asked a random sample of 2,047 adults in the country between July 18 and 29, 2012.

According to the graphs, 74% of respondents said voters “should be required” to show a valid form of identification, and 57% of the group said they felt “strongly” about the matter. The estimated margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.



From there, the Washington Post tried to ascertain why people are in favor of voter ID laws.

“Do you think voter fraud (pause) that is, people voting who are not eligible to do so, or voters casting multiple ballots — is a major problem, a minor problem or not a problem in presidential elections?

A staggering 81% responded that voter fraud is a problem– 48% saying it is a “major” problem, and 33% saying it is a “minor” problem.

Just 14% of respondents said voter fraud is not a problem at the current time.



But what about discrimination? Democrats and the Attorney General Eric Holder have strongly maintained that voter ID laws are discriminatory against minorities– do the respondents not care?

“Overall, which concerns you more, the potential for (voter fraud) or the potential for (denying eligible voters the right to vote)?”

Though not nearly as drastic a division as the previous answers, 44% of people said they are concerned about denying eligible voters their rights, but 49% apparently see voter fraud as a more tangible threat.



As the Washington Post pollsters neared the end of their questions, they essentially asked whether those in favor of voter ID laws are racist.

“To what extent, if at all, do you think SUPPORT for voter identification laws is based on genuine interest in fair elections?” they asked, with the presumed implication that supporters may just want to disenfranchise minorities.

57% of respondents said support for the laws is based on a “genuine interest in fair elections,” while 28% were in the middle.

Just 13% said support for voter ID laws is “not at all” based on the desire for fair elections.



After admitting the poll indicates that a majority of Americans support voter ID laws, the Washington Post seemingly felt the need to end on a sour note, essentially saying that people do not know what is best for them.

“[Big] majorities of those whom critics see as bearing the brunt of the laws are supportive of them,” the author wrote, “including about three-quarters of seniors and those with household incomes under $50,000 and two-thirds of non-whites.”

It is hard to claim that measures are being foisted on the country by alleged elitist racists, when “non-whites” and those making under $50,000 a year support the measures, but the Attorney General’s narrative has not yet changed.

Click here to read all 12 questions asked by the Washington Post.

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)
This whole thing is even more futile than the right's effort to prevent gay marriage.
 

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So she goes home, grabs her marriage license, and then applies for ID, right?

Hey look, problem solved.
 

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I don't understand the big deal with having an ID to vote. How is it denying people the right to vote? I don't get it.
 

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I don't understand the big deal with having an ID to vote. How is it denying people the right to vote? I don't get it.
I'm still trying to figure that out too. Like most things these days it seems to boil down to one thing:

 

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Yes.

I don't know. Why aren't democrats focusing on that if it's such a big republican problem?
They are. I've posted several stories about it here. That's Don's "only Republicans get caught" argument.

That would kill this "journalist's" agenda story. Can't have that.
But then you wouldn't be able to post your hack regurgitated right wing taking points agenda, and your trademark deflection of the source without even looking at the points being made.
 

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So she goes home, grabs her marriage license, and then applies for ID, right?

Hey look, problem solved.
No kidding. Why is this even a story? The ol' bag forgot the proper documentation to prove who she says she was. So what? Is this supposed to prove that it's such an inconvenience for some in obtaining a photo ID that they'll be discouraged from voting? Tough shit.

An absentee ballot is the solution that's been offered Dorothy Cooper. But as she told the Times Free Press' Ansley Haman, she prefers to actually go to the polls, even though she has to do it in a walker. That's what makes people proud, not photo IDs. Here's a woman who has gone to her voting precinct to do her patriotic duty her whole life, even when the segregationist laws were intentionally aimed at preventing it. And now they tell her no.
"And now they tell her no"......no, she's not allowed to vote? Or no, we'll need to see proof confirming your current last name, so we can get you your photo ID...so you can do your patriotic duty and vote? Some journalist.

Write your little outraged piece when Grand-mama is told by state officials that she's too old to vote or she's turned away at the polls...not when she forgets proper identification, so they tell her to return with a marriage license so she can get her ID or they'd gladly let her fill out an absentee ballot.
 

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Are we talking about Republican voter fraud yet? You know it happens. Everyone knows it happens.
dude stop it with the ridiculous one sided nonsense.
ive read alot of your posts and you seem too smart of a guy to say something so fucking stupid.
both sides suck and cheat. thats the reality EVERYBODY knows but few truly want to admit it for some reason.
just show id, its not like anybody would be giving up anything personally to do so
 

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Go to your local Board of Elections and see all the miserable party hacks within it. Those are the fucks that count them votes.

Mostly bitter cunts waiting for enough time for a pension.
 

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dude stop it with the ridiculous one sided nonsense.
ive read alot of your posts and you seem too smart of a guy to say something so fucking stupid.
both sides suck and cheat. thats the reality EVERYBODY knows but few truly want to admit it for some reason.
just show id, its not like anybody would be giving up anything personally to do so
I never said Democrats don't do it. I'm saying the same thing you are, both sides suck and cheat. I just get tired of the constant denials that it doesn't happen on the other side.

And if it was to legitimately stop voter fraud, I could agree. But it's not. It's to take votes away from Democrats, pure and simple. In Pennsylvania:

In June, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai listed off a number of legislative accomplishments. "Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania: Done," Turzai said
Absentee voter fraud is a bigger problem, but Republicans don't address it because absentee voting favors them.