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96-year-old Chattanooga woman denied voter ID

October 5th, 2011 1:44 pm by Staff Report

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Ninety-six-year-old Dorothy Cooper has been voting for about as long as she can remember.

That's why she was eager to get a photo identification card when she heard it would be required for the next election.

But Cooper was denied the card on Monday at the state driver's license center, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press ( That's because the name on her birth certificate did not match her married name and she did not have her marriage certificate.

Asked about the problem, Hamilton County's administrator of elections recommended Cooper vote with an absentee ballot so she wouldn't have to stand in line with her walker again. Absentee ballots don't require photo ID.

But Cooper said she will miss going to the voting precinct next door to her apartment.

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