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Woman, 92, Has No Birth Certificate, Can't Vote

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    A 92-year-old Central Texas woman born in a Tennessee sharecropper's cabin has been denied a voter identification certificate because she lacks a birth certificate.

    Ruby Barber told the Waco Tribune-Herald that she took her Medicare card, her Social Security card and an expired driver's license to a Texas Department of Public Safety office to apply for the election identification certificate.

    But officials said she must have a birth certificate to obtain the certificate under the new state voter identification law.

    Those applying for a certificate must show a birth certificate or naturalization papers to prove citizenship.

    McLennan County elections administrator Kathy Van Wolfe says voters who lack a photo ID must return within six days of voting with valid ID for the vote to be counted.