A 96-year-old woman from Tennessee was denied voter ID despite going to an office with her birth certificate, voter registration card, lease and a rent receipt. Dorothy Cooper was told that she needed something that proved more convincingly that her last name is indeed Cooper.
At issue is the fact that because she got married, Cooper’s birth certificate records her original surname and not her current surname. It seems that the birth certificate counted as Cooper’s primary ID but the state’s list of acceptable identification documents shows that she needs secondary ID to prove her surname is correct.
Tennessee state officials say that they will work with Cooper to help her get the documents she needs. So that’s okay, all she really needed was some national media attention. Meanwhile, officials insist that the voter ID laws – passed to prevent voter fraud that wasn’t happening, while other abuses arguably go unchallenged – are in no way designed to disenfranchise certain types of voter. Glad we’ve cleared that up.