TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Voter ID ad misleading in 'emphasis and tone,' Mt. Lebanon Democrat says

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 3:09 p.m.
 

HARRSBURG — A Mt. Lebanon Democrat on Wednesday urged the Corbett administration to pull a television ad on the voter ID law, claiming it misleads people by erroneously suggesting they will be required to show photo identification in the November election.

Sen. Matt Smith, with several other Democratic senators, acknowledged the ad contains a statement that photo ID is not required on Nov. 5. But Smith objects to the ad's “emphasis and tone.”

The ad shows several people saying, “Show it.”

“These advertisements will lead to voter confusion and it is imperative that the spots cease immediately,” Smith said. He said it's wrong to use $1 million in state money for the ad.

But Ron Ruman, spokesman for the Department of State, which oversees elections, said the agency followed a judge's instruction. The administration does not plan to suspend its airing.

A Commonwealth Court ruling in August continued an injunction against a requirement to show identification in the election, until Judge Bernard McGinley rules on the overall law.

“The status of the voter ID law is that voters next month will be asked — but not required — to show an ID, which is exactly what the ads say,” Ruman said. The department recognizes an obligation to educate voters about the law, he said.

“This is the law and we want voters who may not have an ID to understand clearly how they can get one for free, so if this law is eventually upheld, as we believe it will be, all voters will have an ID,” he said.

Before the injunction, the law required voters to show a driver's license or non-driver's card from PennDOT, or a passport, university, military, local government or nursing home ID. The law required PennDOT to issue free non-driver IDs to people without licenses. The Department of State began issuing IDs last year.

Supporters say the law is intended to protect the integrity of the state's voting process. Critics say there's no evidence of in-person voter fraud in polling places.

There have been criminal arrests for voter registration fraud.

Brad Bumsted is Trib Total Media's state Capitol writer. Reach him at 717-787-1405 or bbumsted@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Bryant suspension opens doors for other Steelers’ receivers
  2. Steelers notebook: LB Harrison believes Goodell will prevail in Brady ruling
  3. Steelers trade 6th-round pick for Jaguars kicker Scobee
  4. Pitt defense enters new season with something to prove
  5. Fatal accident reported in Jefferson Twp.
  6. Steelers WR Bryant’s suspension upheld
  7. Kid Lit Style Children’s books inspire decor choices
  8. Aliquippa RB Bronaugh to miss season after cancer diagnosis
  9. NFL notebook: Bills cut RB Jackson, name Taylor starting QB
  10. Steelworkers union says ATI talks to resume
  11. No certainty for Pirates’ call-up veterans