Despite providing a baptism certificate, a Social Security card, a checkbook, and a Medicare statement, 84-year-old Ruthelle Frank of Brokaw, WI was told she would need to produce a birth certificate to verify her citizenship before she could get a voter ID; the problem? Ruthelle was never given one; her birth was only recorded by her mother in the family bible and the state Register of Deeds. She’s been told that a birth certificate can be produced for her, but it would likely cost her $20. Ruthelle has been able to vote in almost every other election in her lifetime, without a birth certificate or a $20 fee.
Wausau Daily Herald; December 5, 2011