PresentePAC+ and its members are demanding that illegal and disturbing billboards in Pennsylvania be taken down immediately. A series of billboards, placed only in Latino-majority neighborhoods, say ““If you want to vote, show it” in Spanish. In addition to being illegal, these ads are misleading voters into believing that they will need to show ID in order to vote that can lead to fewer Latinos showing up at the polls.
12,794 Presente.org members have signed a petition calling on the PA Dept of State and Clear Channel to remove these ads.
“Clear Channel and the Governor of Pennsylvania should be held responsible for these disturbing and racially-targeted billboards. We cannot and will not stand by and watch them prevent Latino voters from exercising their constitutional right to vote.”
Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania citizens do NOT need photo ID to cast a ballot during this election. This means that the Clear Channel ads are completely misleading and false.
The ads were placed by the Pennsylvania Department of State and the billboards are owned by Clear Channel—neither has indicated any action to remove them. Clear Channel recently removed similar ads intimidating Black and Latino voters in Ohio and Wisconsin after public outcry and should do the same in Pennsylvania immediately.
“We know that these Clear Channel billboards in Pennsylvania are part of a larger strategy of Latino voter suppression” said Carmona. “Prior to court ruling, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) said that a voter ID law “is gonna allow Governor Romney to win.”
Blair FitzGibbon is the VP of Media Relations for FITZGIBBON Media, Inc.