The sad thing is there is virtually no evidence of illegals or non-residents voting, but the Republican right wing recognizes that poor people, especially people of color, tend to vote for Democrats so are fueling the racist paranoia of the Tea Party and doing what they can to disenfranchise people. This story is an example of how bigotry punishes the individual and weakens our democracy. Chattanooga woman, 96, denied voter ID | The Tennessean | tennessean.com CHATTANOOGA â€” Ninety-six-year-old Dorothy Cooper has been voting for more than seven decades, so the Chattanooga resident was eager to get a photo identification card when she heard it would be required for the next election. On Monday, Cooper gathered a rent receipt, a copy of her lease, her voter registration card and her birth certificate and went to a Driver Service Center to get the free identification card offered by the state as part of the new voter identification law. But the clerk refused to give Cooper a card because her birth certificate carried her maiden name, Dorothy Alexander, and she didnâ€™t have a copy of her marriage certificate, she told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.