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Friday, October 19, 2012

By the time you vote in Phoenix – will it be too late?

Still another screw-up in connection with Voter ID – this time in Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding suburbs.  There is nothing wrong with the ID cards themselves.  There is nothing wrong with the English-language instructions.  But some sets of Spanish-language instructions – no one knows how many – say the election is on Nov. 8.  Actually, it’s Nov. 6.

This, of course, comes on top of the blunders in Pennsylvania and Kansas noted previously on this blog.

And speaking of Pennsylvania, it seems the state has come up with an ad campaign with the potential to mislead voters.  According to the HarrisburgPatriot, the state has huge ads on the outside of buses featuring a picture of a state driver's license and, in huge type, the words "SHOW IT"   

In fact, while election workers are free to ask for such ID, thanks to a court ruling, Pennsylvania voters are not required to "show it." Presumably, that's why the ads also say, in notably smaller type, “this Election Day if you have it.”  You'd almost think the State of Pennsylvania wants to confuse voters - or worse.

The Patriot quotes one of the lawyers who sued to block the Pennsylvania voter ID law, Witold Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, who noticed that a lot of the "Show it" signs with the great big driver's licenses are on bus shelters in poor neighborhoods where “you have low-income people who don’t have a license because they use mass transit. A cynic might say this is an insidious effort to mislead people. I, of course, am not a cynic.”

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