107-year-old woman finally gets photo ID to vote

She made headlines for her spirited dance with President and Mrs Obama. Now the 107-year old South Carolina native is back in the news over her inability to get photo identification.

Virginia McLaurin has lived in Washington D.C for decades and never had a problem voting even though she didn’t have a photo ID.

This week she told reporters she was unable to get ID because she didn’t have a birth certificate.

Local leaders helped her get a temporary ID card on April 26.

Officials with senior citizen centers and homeless outreach agencies tell 7 News they’ve seen people without proper identification struggle to get the necessary documents.

“If a person has no identification and they were born in South Carolina, it’s very hard for them to get a birth certificate,” said Smith, a manager with Place of Hope.

Smith says some of the clients he has helped were even under the impression that you needed photo ID to vote.

Conway Benlangia, Greenville County director of elections and voter registration tells 7 News that’s not true.

All that’s needed is a voter registration card and a physical mailing address.

A birth certificate is not needed to get a voter registration card, Benlangia says.

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