Calls on Pennsylvania Department of State to Stop Airing “Show It” Ads
HARRISBURG- A state
lawmaker is calling on the Pennsylvania Department of State to stop airing a
controversial “Show It” ad dealing with needing a photo ID to vote in next
speaker is Senator Matt Smith, the ranking Democrat on the Senate State
Government Committee, who says the ads mislead voters into believing that they
must show a photo ID to vote in next month’s election.
“If one individual is under the impression
that they will not be permitted to vote without a photo ID and stays home on
November 5, that is one person too many,” Senator Smith said.
letter to the Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, Smith called the
department’s action “troubling” and “confusing” and suggested that the money
from the reported $1 million ad campaign instead go toward advertisements that
detail where and how voters can obtain free photo identification -- without
mentioning identification requirements.
says the ad which began running this week on television, radio and websites
looks and sounds similar to the original Voter ID ad that said voters must show
a photo ID in order to vote.
Smith says he doesn’t know the Department of State’s motive in airing the ad,
but he hopes the Corbett Administration will remove it immediately.
“As we wait for the Commonwealth Court to
issue a decision on the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law, a
better use of taxpayer dollars would be to educate all Pennsylvanians on how
they can obtain a valid photo ID without the implication of a law that is not
currently – and may never be – in effect,” Senator Smith said.
Senator Smith cites particular concern with
the use of taxpayer funds to promote a law that is currently being challenged
and under a judge’s injunction.
put, taxpayer funds should not be used to promote this law until there is a
clear and final decision by Commonwealth Court on its constitutionality,” Smith
said. “I’m disappointed that the department isn’t putting scarce state dollars
to better use.”