Ninety-six-year-old Dorothy Cooper was able to vote in Tennessee elections decades ago, under unjust limitations, but now she faces a restriction even more prohibitive to her right to vote:
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.
The consequence of voter ID laws is disenfranchisement for citizens like Cooper.