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Democrats Call on Corbett to Stop Voter ID Ads
October 17, 2013- Don Rooney
HARRISBURG- Senate Democrats have sent a letter to Gov. Corbett asking him to remove misleading Voter ID ads from radio and television.
Sen. Matt Smith (Allegheny) and his Senate Democratic colleagues have sent a letter to Governor Corbett calling for him to end the confusing "Show It" Voter ID multimedia campaign. The television, web and radio ads have been airing for over a week and Pennsylvania Department of State officials have said they plan to continue the campaign, costing a reported $1 million, through Election Day, November 5. The ads repeatedly urge voters to show their ID even though a Commonwealth Court injunction removed the photo ID requirement for the November election.
In their letter to Gov. Corbett, Senate Democrats expressed concerns that, voters may be confused by the ads and left with the impression that they are required to have a photo ID to vote on Election Day, which is not accurate. The Department of State has said the campaign is educating the voters on Voter ID, but Sen. Smith says it would have been better to inform voters of how they can obtain an ID, without mentioning any identification requirements.
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