Tennessee Republicans passed a voter identification law earlier this year that they claimed would put an end to widespread voter fraud, which has never been proven to exist, but the new regulations appear to be turning back the clock on civil rights.
TheChattanooga Times Free Pressreports that Dorothy Cooper, a 96-year-old Chattanooga resident, has voted in every election but one since she became eligible to vote, was denied a free voter ID at the Cherokee Boulevard Driver Service Center because she didn't produce her marriage certificate.
Cooper produced a rent receipt, a copy of her lease, voter registration card and her birth certificate, but that wasn't enough under the new law.
She doesn’t have a driver’s license, never learned to drive and has never needed identification to vote. Under the Tennessee law, Cooper will still be able to vote via absentee ballot, which does not require photo ID.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton (video below), Cooper explained that Tennessee’s new voter law did more to keep her from voting than anything she experienced during Jim Crow.
In July, Former President Bill Clinton told the annual Campus Progress convention (video below) that the GOP’s state by state efforts are designed to intentionally make it harder for Democrats to vote.