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July 26, 2013

Battleground: Cherokee County

As the new Voter ID law continues to alarm the disenfranchised, a 92-year-old Jacksonville voter discusses her belief that she was forced to “Fight City Hall” to be allowed to participate in the next election.

JACKSONVILLE —

A 92-year-old Cherokee County voter said Friday she ran into an almost insurmountable wall of red tape trying to get her Voter Photo ID issued so she can be allowed to cast her ballot in the next election.

The experience of Lottie D. Horn bears similarities to the nightmare scenario outlined by statewide Democrats in reaction to the new Voter Photo ID law, which mandates that any Texas voter have authentic identification with their name and photo on it.

Many Republicans have described the measure as necessary to prevent voter fraud.

But for 92-year-old Lottie D. Horn, everything in her experience happened just the way many Democrats said it would. She said the level of bureaucratic resistance was so high it seemed to grow to the level of voter suppression.

“I just really don't see any of the sense in all this,” she said Friday during an interview at her local Jacksonville senior living facility.

Horn has been voting for years. She remembers casting ballots for President Obama in both his elections – which she considers to be her finest hour at the polls.

She can also recall voting for John F. Kennedy.

But Lottie Horn can't make any sense out of the current political fracas in which she inadvertently has been caught up. She was one of an estimated 1 million registered voters in the state (from a total of 13.5 million registered) who did not currently possess an active photo ID.

She doesn't have children or a spouse who can help her. But she does have family. Her cousin is Caesar Roy, a leader in the Cherokee County Democratic Party. His wife, Delores Roy, is an avid Democratic volunteer who is helping voters like Lottie make their way to the polls.

Photo ID laws also exist in countries such Italy, Malta, Belgium, Greece and Spain. But unlike in the U.S., these countries all possess the infrastructure to pay for photo ID costs.

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