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Tennessee Bans Elderly Voting

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http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/12/26/395287/93-year-old-tennessee-woman-who-cleaned-state-capitol-for-30-years-denied-voter-id/

A 93-year-old Tennessee woman who cleaned the state Capitol for 30 years, including the governor’s office, says she won’t be able to vote for the first time in decades after being told this week that her old state ID failed to meet new voter ID regulations. Thelma Mitchell was even accused of being an undocumented immigrant because she couldn’t produce a birth certificate:

Mitchell, who was delivered by a midwife in Alabama in 1918, has never had a birth certificate. But when she told that to a drivers’ license clerk, he suggested she might be an illegal immigrant.

Thelma Mitchell told WSMV-TV that she went to a state drivers’ license center last week after being told that her old state ID from her cleaning job would not meet new regulations for voter identification.

A spokesman for the House Republican Caucus insisted that Mitchell was given bad information and should’ve been allowed to vote, even with an expired state ID. But even if that’s the case, her ordeal illustrates the inevitable disenfranchisements that result when confusing voting laws enable state officials to apply the law inconsistently.

The incident is the just latest in a series of reports of senior citizens being denied their constitutional right to vote under restrictive new voter ID laws pushed by Republican governors and legislatures. These laws are a transparent attempt to target Democrat constituencies who are less likely to have photo ID’s, and disproportionately affect seniors, college students, the poor and minorities.

As ThinkProgress reported, one 96-year-old Tennessee woman was denied a voter ID because she didn’t have her marriage license. Another senior citizen in Tennessee, 91-year-old Virginia Lasater, couldn’t get the ID she needed to vote because she wasn’t able to stand in a long line at the DMV. A Tennessee agency even told a 86-year-old World War II veteran that he had to pay an unconstitutional poll tax if he wanted to obtain an ID.

Is it really a good idea for the GOP to be preventing older folks from voting? Their targets were youth and minority voters, not their own voters.

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Should have done her paper work. I don't see a ban here. She will get her poo tigether and vote next time.

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I fail to see how anyone for 'small government' would be in favor of that much paperwork and red tape just to vote. Yet another example of conservative hypocrisy.

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Exaggerate a bit on the title???

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Just me being a smart-ass.

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nothing to see here, don't worry, nothing can go wrong with this great plan

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old people suck

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She was not denied because whe was 93.....she was denied because she did not have proper ID.

The two were not related....just throwing in the "old people" claim makes for a better story.

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I remember when "show me your papers!" was a rallying cry against the Socialist Dems, now it's just an important way to protect our freedomz

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stupid media never fails to impress

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less government for me, more government for you

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if they had just outlawed saggy pants and fat black women driving brand new cadillacs at polling places instead, this all could have been avoided

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