VIDEO: WI DMV Tells Boy His Bank Account Doesn’t Show Enough “Activity” To Get a Voter ID

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Totally stolen from WePartyPatriots at DKos, but this should be seen everywhere now. Take your blood pressure meds before watching the vid.

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.

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  • http://twitter.com/BetNot Bet Not

    WTF...republican'ts, aren't you worried about your right to privacy...at all...Bet Not

  • KansasDem

    I love the quotes!

  • KansasDem

    All good points. The first time I voted in Sidney, NE - back in the late 60's - I had looked at the entire sample ballot before going to vote, but I was still a bit slow in the voting booth (wanting to be sure I was doing things right, and reading every word, and there were many county/local issues being addressed), and one of the poll workers actually opened the curtain and prompted me to "hurry up"!

    I was somewhat of the timid type at that time so I did as told, but I also felt intimidated many times I voted thereafter! Most recently I annoyed the poll workers here in Marion, KS because I took at least 10 minutes reading (and rereading) the wording of a state constitutional amendment regarding the ability of ex-cons and the mentally ill to vote because it had earlier been worded improperly in all of the area newspapers.

    Poll workers can see from the sign-in books how you are registered and I've long suspected, in both Nebraska and Kansas, that poll workers do discriminate based on their own political ideology!

  • Karen Vasquez

    This voter ID thing in WI is CRAZY.  I went to college in WI and became a resident because I planned on staying.  
    On ELECTION DAY, I was able to register to vote at the polls with a utility bill with my name on it or check and my WI driver's license.  
    This is voter ID law is very scary.  

  • Clancy

    Nice Wallace quotes, Walt. I often wonder what the country would be like if he'd remained as FDR's VP rather than Truman. On my more upbeat days, we're a European-style socialist utopia, but with our means of production fully intact. When I'm being a little more skeptical (realistic?), I begin the think that LBJ probably never would have happened and his Presidency would have accelerated the ascension of the far-right wing of the GOP. . . assuming that he wouldn't have been impeached for not using the atomic bomb at the end of WWII, that is.

  • Walt

    We need to call it what it is.  The American Fascist has fully taken over the Republican Party.  They are doing all they can to suppress our Democracy and freedoms while lying to their voters of protecting and upholding our Democracy and freedoms. 

    "A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with
    such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties,
    classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless
    in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends."

    "The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information."

    "With
    a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the
    public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving
    the fascist and his group more money or more power."

                                                                       -quotes from Henry A. Wallace, FDR's V.P. (1941-1945)

    I think when one is defining a fascist, the words psychotic and self-loathing should be in that definition.  How else can you define this kind of behavior.  It is so amoral and inhumane.
     

  • http://primaldata.blogspot.com/ PRIMALDATA

    The scary question is:What if the mother wasn't there. In my teens if you started going all through my bank history, asking me illegitimate questions regarding what I do with my account, and then to top it off attempt to charge me when you know it's free I'd be all kinds of pissed off and inconsolable. Hell when my brother had an issue last year in TN with "The law changing last night"(I fully understand that this was a trick being played by a lazy state employee it happens, folks don't feel like working and try every trick in the book to keep you from continuing forward and making them complete the forms), I was pissed but was able to at least make sure they gave us ALL the information the "new law" SUPPOSEDLY required that was no longer in the TN Drivers Handbook which just so happened to be in his possession at the time(actually our mother demanded he carry it with him and when we came back came with us so that SHE could have it explained to her as well, seems he got his learners permit that day).

    If you are a respectful teen you would probably get turned away because:the powers that be(which in the DMV the first line of defense is that person at the counter) gave you a line that you of course believed. They first tried the embarrassment approach "oh you barely use this account", then they attempted to "make you pay anyway" which means if you walk in with no money you walk out with no ID, and then to make matters worse you have to HOPE it arrives in the mail. No offense to the mail carriers out there but why can't I just walk out with my ID? I'm there, the machine is there, the person who AGREED THAT THIS WAS VALID PROOF OF RESIDENCE is there. And you have to wait two weeks? So if in 2 weeks(or today after mom leaves and some bureaucrat decides "hmm no this isn't enough activity") nothing shows up in the mail you have to go through the whole process again. It's all kinds of  creepy and unAmerican.

    If you are a hot tempered teen, you'll just be escorted off the premise because you had your privacy invaded and you rightly balked  at somebody who ISN'T putting a dime in your account asking you why you do or don't have X amount of dollars in it. Even the most even tempered person has their breaking point, and a young person doubly so.  Simply because as a young person you are just beginning your fight for respect and inclusion into greater society. And when did we learn that Homeless Shelters needed to have SPECIFIC LETTERHEAD, were they informed of this when the law was passed? I think we have gone past creepy and underhanded and jumped straight to evil, I don't blame those clerks they are just messengers of an ignorant policy. Hell a few of them even seemed to be embarrassed to have to be the one to explain to you just why they MIGHT have denied that young teen of his right to vote

  • http://twitter.com/blogenfreude blogenfreude

    I lived in Spring Green WI in 2000 and voted there - for Al Gore. I walked in, signed in w/ my name and address, and voted. It was that simple. 

    The GOP can't win without appealing to racism and engaging in voter suppression - it's that simple. 

  • KansasDem

    Who didn't see this coming?

    This is the true road-map to right-wing rule by dictatorship! They'll call it something else but that's what it will effectively be!

    And they'll do it under the banner of "christianity" claiming to return us to the "roots" of our nations founding, when only wealthy "landowners" were afforded the vote!