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OTHER OPINION: CONFUSING COMMERCIAL Voter ID ads only waste tax money

October 16. 2013 11:20PM
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Just in time for Halloween, it’s baaaaack. No, not the horror of “The Shining.” We’re talking about that horrible TV ad about the state’s Voter ID law.

It’s like Freddy Krueger. It just won’t die. Remember it from last year during the weeks before the election? Remember the annoying repetitions (repetitions)?

“If you care about this election. If you care about this election. If you have an opinion. If you want a voice. If you want a voice. If you want to make a difference. Then show it. Show it. Show it. Show it.”


As if flipping out an ID at the polling place was tantamount to patriotism.

Pennsylvania’s ill-fated Voter ID law was not about patriotism, it was about partisanship. It was about depressing the Democratic vote to prevent President Obama’s re-election. A top state lawmaker admitted as much on video speaking before a Republican audience.

Well, the law has been on the judicial shelf since last year. Commonwealth Court blocked enforcement of the ID law last year and also prevented officials from instructing poll workers to tell voters that the law would be enforced in upcoming elections.

And that’s where it sits right now — in limbo pending the outcome of a suit challenging the law’s constitutionality.

So, you do not need to show it (show it) on Nov. 5.

If you care about this election, if you want a voice, you merely have to show up at your local polling place and do your civic duty. So why is the state running these ads again, adding to the confusion of an already confused situation?

Because it can. A State Department spokesman told the Patriot News that the judge did not bar officials from continuing voter education efforts. He noted that the ad directs folks to a website for more information about getting a valid ID to vote.

Officials noted the law would be upheld at some point, so the state was right to encourage people to get ID. Well, maybe it will be upheld at some point — or maybe not. But certainly not for this election.

Running the ad now just confuses voters. Worse, the state is spending $1 million on the stupid commercials (on top of the $5 million it spent last year).

If the Corbett administration really wants to “make a difference” on wasteful spending, it should show it (show it) by pulling the plug on this ad campaign.

York Daily Record

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