Group demands misleading Spanish voting billboards in Pennsylvania be removed

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, October 29, 2012 17:02 EDT
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PresentePAC+ on Monday demanded that misleading billboards targeting Hispanic voters be removed in Pennsylvania.

Spanish-language billboards owned by Clear Channel tell voters, “Si Quieres Votar Muéstrala,” which translates to, “If you want to vote, show it,” a reference to the state voter identification law that was blocked in October.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson ruled that voters will not be required to show photo identification at the polls on Election Day while the legal battle over the law continues.

“Clear Channel and the Governor of Pennsylvania should be held responsible for these disturbing and racially-targeted billboards,” Arturo Carmona, executive director of Presente.org, said in a statement. “We cannot and will not stand by and watch them prevent Latino voters from exercising their constitutional right to vote.”

Similar billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin were taken down by Clear Channel earlier this month.

“We know that these Clear Channel billboards in Pennsylvania are part of a larger strategy of Latino voter suppression,” Carmona said, noting that Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai had described the voter ID law as something that would help Romney win the state.

Clear Channel, which is partially owned by equity firm Bain Capital, has contributed more than $720,000 to Mitt Romney since 1994.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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