This clip was taken from the videos Van Jones & MoveOn.org distributed as part of the "99% Spring" training sessions that happened at Occupy meetups across the nation.
The messaging in this training video video is just wrong. This clip trains viewers that Voter ID laws take away rights when in fact they protect the rights of all. Messaging confusing voter security with voter suppression is dangerous political gamesmanship.
The right to vote is sacred in America. That doesn't mean that voters do not have responsibility to authenticate who they are when they register to vote and when they vote. In Illinois, new voters must authenticate where they live. They must produce a social security number (last 4 digits) or a drivers license to authenticate their registration. Neither document requires US citizenship to obtain. Why shouldn't new registrations prove they are US citizens when registering? Why shouldn't all voters authenticate their identity with a Photo ID and by signature verification when voting?
All citizens in America do not have the right to vote. Only registered voters who are US citizens have the right to vote. While defending the right to vote of registered voters who are vulnerable in our society is essential, we must do so while still protecting the vote of the remaining registered voters. Laws that require photo ID when voting and permit provisional voting when a registered voters arrives to vote without their ID, heighten polling place security without sacrificing a single vote.
There is this concept of the poor disenfranchised voter that some groups perpetuate to push political agendas. The truth is the vote that needs protecting is not the dis-enfranchised voter who seemingly can't get to the polls on time or prove who they are. There are plenty of laws and enforcement mechanisms that protect this type of voter's rights. All registered voters have the same right; to vote once and to have their vote fairly counted. Laws that decrease the security of the vote, infringe on all voter's rights. Identity laws are a security measure that provide security for voters. For political purposes, those that push for zero security in identifying who votes, do so at the expense of all voters.