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A New Tool? Denying the right to vote?
Snafu threatens mayor's driver's license
By TY TAGAMI
While Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin was preparing last week to receive national recognition for political courage from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, she got a letter from Georgia transportation officials saying they didn't recognize her.
Franklin said the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety threatened Friday to cancel her recently renewed driver's license because her information didn't match its records.
"I got a letter [from DMVS] that said my Social Security number doesn't match the one they have on file, and they've had it for 30 years," Atlanta's well-known mayor said.
She said she recently used the number to pay her income taxes and had no problem. Her birthday was last week, and she renewed her driver's license by mail last month.
Franklin said the letter ordered her to fix the problem or face cancellation of her license on Sept. 6.
Without a license, she noted, under the new Georgia law requiring voter identification, she would be unable to vote in the upcoming November election — even for herself — unless she votes by absentee ballot.
The mayor said she was writing a letter back indicating there was obviously a glitch in the DMVS system.
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