The good news is that Dorothy Cooper, 96, finally got the new ID she needed to vote in Tennessee. Ms. Cooper had been turned down at the DMV before because the name on her marriage certificate didn’t match the one on her birth certificate.
The bad news? Virginia Lasater, 91, couldn’t wait in line long enough to get hers.
Aided by a walking cane to get around, she quickly decided she couldn’t stand up long enough to wait and her son could find no chairs available for her to sit. Richard estimated at least 100 people were in the building, and workers were “way overworked and way understaffed.” He was told at the help desk there was nothing they could do but wait.
They left, upset about the law and the long lines.
“I’m just afraid people will say it’s too much trouble,” said Mrs. Lasater.
About 675,000 Tennesseans are believed not to have the ID they’ll need to vote under a law passed this by the new Republican government. Democrats in the Tennessee legislature said this week that they’ll work to repeal the law.
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