Shirley Preiss was born in Kentucky in 1910 – a full 10 years before American women gained the right to vote. She first voted in a presidential election in 1932, for FDR. Sheâ€™s voted in every presidential election since, but thatâ€™s all about to change due to Arizonaâ€™s draconian voter ID law.
As Art Levine reported, Shirley effectively lost her right to vote when she moved to Arizona:
After living in Arizona for two years, she was eagerly looking forward to casting her ballot in the February primary for the first major woman candidate for President, Hillary Clinton. But lacking a birth certificate or even elementary school records to prove sheâ€™s a native-born American citizen, the state of Arizonaâ€™s bureaucrats determined that this former school-teacher who taught generations of Americans shouldnâ€™t be allowed to vote.
The stateâ€™s voter ID law, passed in 2004, requires voters to show ID at the polling place and to provide proof of citizenship in order to register. But birth certificates werenâ€™t issued in 1910 in Shirleyâ€™s birthplace of Clinton, KY, and her elementary school no longer exists.