A video has surfaced of a boy trying to get one of the new Wisconsin Voter ID’s that were ushered in by the signing of new a voting law in the state. Shot by the boy’s mother with the clear intention of indicting the process, the video shows the pair going from station to station at the DMV, asking all of the right questions as to why there are so many hurdles to acquiring this constitutionally guaranteed ID card.
It is a shame the video is not edited more briskly — at almost ten minutes in length its viral spread will certainly be thwarted — but it nonetheless lends itself to breath-holding drama because of this fact.
The first station clerk determines that the boy’s bank account does not display enough “activity” to constitute a proof of address form. This is not only absurd (“does he use it?”) but a clear privacy infringement as is the follow up question of whether or not the account is of the “checking” or “savings” variety. “Oh, it’s just a savings,” the clerk remarks. The mother throws a subtle jab, countering that “he’s unemployed.”
Good one, mom.
The mother-son hidden camera team manages to satisfy the bank account busting first clerk and eventually makes it to the third clerk where they discover that unless you explicitly specify that you have come to the DMV for a Voter ID, you will be charged $28. The clerk admits that there is no difference between the Voter ID and the non-Voter ID — they’re literally the same physical object — but that it’s the policy of the establishment to leave the honus for making this distinction on the customer: no signs, no warnings, just a box on the form you have to hope you notice and check.
The mother asks for the clerk’s superior who is somewhat helpful. She then asks for the superior’s superior which we can assume the mother gave hell to when the camera was off.
Watch in awe/disgust below and then read about the closure of DMVs in highly Democratic districts.