The Nineteenth Amendment Giveth the Vote; The State Law Taketh it Away, and The Supreme Court Is Cool With That.

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. She’s voted in every presidential election since, but that’s all about to change due to Arizona’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 she’s a native-born American citizen, the state of Arizona’s bureaucrats determined that this former school-teacher who taught generations of Americans shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

The state’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 weren’t issued in 1910 in Shirley’s birthplace of Clinton, KY, and her elementary school no longer exists.

[From Crooks and Liars » 97-Year-Old Arizona Woman Disenfranchised by Voter ID Law]

“Two under arrest for Kentwood comic book store shooting”

WZZM has the story, and mugshots.

Kentwood – Two teens were arraigned today on charges that they robbed and shot a Kentwood comic book store clerk.

Marvin Michael Jones, 19, and James Muriel Neal-Thompson, 18, were arrested last week, but information was not released until today because a third suspect is still being sought. An arrest warrant has been issued for Jevon Marquis Sawyer, 18, for the same crime.

Jones and Neal-Thompson have been both charged with robbery and assault with intent to commit murder. They are both in custody at the Kent County Jail.

So the question remains…. what the hell? :(