Despite a recent court ruling confirming that Pennsylvania voters will not have to show ID this election, advertisements continue to promote misleading information. As recent as October 26, a Pittsburgh radio station ran a deceptive ad which states, "You’re not going to be allowed to vote unless you present an acceptable photo identification." With the election less than a week away, false advertising across PA could discourage thousands of voters from going to the polls.
Voter misinformation has spread across Pennsylvania through more ways than one. As recently as this past Sunday, the major public utilities company PECO sent pamphlets to more than 1.3 million people that presented voter ID as a requirement. Clear Channel billboards targeted Latino communities with Spanish language advertisements that read "if you want to vote, show it." The translated English version was found plastered on the side of buses.
We know how important it is to fight against voter suppression tactics like these. ColorOfChange recently launched a campaign calling on Clear Channel to remove voter intimidation billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin. After 66,000 ColorOfChange members raised their voices in opposition, we saw exactly that happen.
We will continue to monitor and highlight instances of voter intimidation and misinformation all the way up until Election Day.
To protect your voting rights and prepare for Election Day, check out the ColorOfChange Voter Resource Guide at vote.colorofchange.org/resource.