Voter ID Stories
Profile of Alberta Currie, lead plaintiff in the Southern Coalition for Social Justice's lawsuit battling NC's restrictive Voter ID requirement.
Producers: Mandie Sellars (www.sellarsdesign.com) and Jeremy Collins (www.scsj.org)
Video: Mark Manring (www.manring.net)
See how Texas passed a discriminatory law that would have denied Victoria Rose Rodriguez, a college student in San Antonio, the right to vote.
Video provided by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
A South Carolina man talks about voting and the issues he would have getting a state-mandated voter ID. Also featuring Dr. Brenda Williams of The Family Unit.
Footage provided by Fox Network in Columbia, SC.
Bettye Jones and her daughter Debra Crawford, detail the long struggle to get a Wisconsin photo ID for Bettye, who was born in the segregated south and never issued a birth certificate.
Video provided by the Advancement Project, and produced by Stanley Nelson Production.
Like many in the pre-Civil Rights-era South, Raymond Rutherford was born in his home in Sumter County, South Carolina. The midwife who delivered him misspelled his first name and put his mother's maiden name as his last name on his birth certificate. His voter registration card, tax returns and pay stubs all bear his correct name. Because of the discrepancy between these records and his birth certificate, Raymond couldn’t get the ID he needed to vote without obtaining a delayed birth certificate. In order to secure a delayed birth certificate, Raymond would need the services of an attorney, which he certainly couldn't afford. Fortunately for Raymond, he was able to get help from Dr. Brenda Williams’ organization, The Family Unit, a nonprofit whose mission includes the encouragement of voter participation. Obtaining a delayed birth certificate can take many months, even years. Like the other citizens we've highlighted, Raymond has voted in every election since he turned 18.
Luckily for Raymond, South Carolina's voter ID law was suspended until 2013 so he was able to vote last month.