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96-year-old Chattanooga woman obtains voter ID

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Safety says a 96-year-old Chattanooga woman who was denied a photo identification card has obtained one.

Earlier this month, Dorothy Cooper went to a Driver Service Center to get the free identification card offered by the state as part of the new voter identification law that takes effect next year.

But the clerk refused to give Cooper a card because her birth certificate carried her maiden name, Dorothy Alexander, and she didn't have a copy of her marriage certificate.

Safety spokeswoman Dalya Qualls told The Associated Press on Thursday that Cooper provided her marriage certificate for verification and was able to get a voter ID.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders announced this week that they've filed legislation to repeal the new law.

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