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Group helps people meet photo ID law requirements

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - A coalition is helping Tennesseans meet the requirements of a new state law that requires voters have government-issued photo identification before voting in next year's elections.

The Tennessee Voters Assistance Coalition is composed of elected officials, churches, and fraternal, community, civic and professional organizations.

The coalition - focused mainly on the elderly, poor and minorities - seeks to help people by giving them assistance in obtaining documents like birth certificates and providing transportation if necessary to state-operated driver services centers.

Democratic Rep. JoAnne Favor of Chattanooga is part of the coalition.

She told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the law is "the most drastic law since poll taxes and written examinations were prerequisites for voting in many Southern states".

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