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3:54 web video from May 17, 2012.
My name is Dorothy Cooper Louis Cooper, and I'm 96 years old.
I remember my father voting. I don't think women were voting then. That's something that happened years later.
Since I'm a citizen I think I should vote.
Since I've been voting I haven't missed but one time voting.
Maddow (clip from show): This year the new Republican Tennessee
legislature passed a law requiring people to show ID they never had to
show before in order to cast a ballot. During the debate
Democrats tried to insert an amendment exempting senior citizens from
the new rule, but Republicans rejected it. And now for the first
time in Tennessee in order to vote you have to show an ID that 500,000
Tennesseans do not have.
Cooper: All these years been voting, didn't have to have
ID. This is the first time I've had any problem.
Bauer, OFA General Counsel: Around the country, under Republican
leadership, various laws have been passed, all of them with the
fundamental objective of impeding the right to vote.
(Charlene Kilpatrick): I'm going to take you tomorrow to get
your ID so you'll be able to vote, okay.
Kilpatrick, Voting Rights Advocate: My name is Charlene
Kilpatrick. I came out because I started doing voter registration
drives over here. I met Ms. Cooper right in there in the lounge.
The law is that you would need an original birth
certificate, the voter registration card and two pieces of ID in order
to be able to vote.
Cooper: So that's what I took. I took what they said I
Charlene Kilpatrick: The lady took everything she
had and she looked at it and she said well this is fine she says but I
need a marriage certificate.
Kilpatrick (in office): I think y'all find out what they don't
have and then you ask for it because they only ask for four pieces of
Cooper: [inaud.] ...on this marriage certificate which I don't
know why it was so important, especially all these years I've been
have somebody who has one very simple wish which is to
participate as a citizen in the democratic process. She simply
wants to vote, and there's no reason why she shouldn't vote. And
by virtue of these legal restrictions that are really aimed at making
it harder for her to vote, she's turned away, turned away after a
lifetime of democratic participation and for no reason that anybody
could give her because there actually is no reason for it.
Cooper: It makes you feel kind of angry to tell you the truth.
It eats at people's sense that this is a
government that prizes democratic participation and the involvement of
Cooper: I feel mad, [inaud.] mad I tell you. I'm a citizen
like everybody else. Just because I'm 96 years old, [inaud.] do
the same thing that other citizen does.
TEXT: Since 2011, over two dozen GOP
controlled states have been playing politics with democracy, passing
strict new voter ID laws.
TEXT: These laws could make it harder for
over 20 million eligible U.S. citizens to exercise their right to vote.
TEXT: Dorothy was able to obtain her voter
ID, but only after producing five types of identification.
One, two. Kilpatrick: You got it.
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