Stanley Nelson’s Voter Suppression Film

In attempts to reach potential voter, documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, along with the Advancement Project, a national civil and human rights advocacy organization, have created a series of short films to inform voters about the issue. One of these films, called simply Bettye and Debra, reveals one such example of voter suppression in Wisconsin.

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. Bettye is the lead plaintiff in an Advancement Project lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s photo ID law. A court blocked the law — and she is voting on November 6.