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Auditor General decries using $1 million for Voter ID ads

Updated: Tuesday, October 22 2013, 06:25 PM CDT
Posted by Nate Wardle:

HARRISBURG -- Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday decried the use of $1 million by the Department of State to buy TV ads promoting a voter ID law that is on hold until Commonwealth Court rules whether it is constitutional:

“With two weeks to go until the general election I am flabbergasted that the Department of State continues to waste $1 million to run television ads telling people to be prepared to present photo identification when they go to the polls Nov. 5. The courts have made it very clear that photo IDs are not required to vote on Nov. 5, even though the court has ordered them not to implement the requirement,” DePasquale commented.

“Wasting $1 million to promote a law that is not even in effect is like putting $1 million on my 2-4 Steelers to win this year’s Super Bowl.” DePasquale offered. “Instead of spending $1 million on a voter education problem that doesn’t exist, we should invest in making it easier for eligible voters to cast their ballot.”

“I am surprised that during these times of very tight budgets for government at all levels, that anyone in the state would want to spend money on TV ads that foster confusion rather than provide clarity on the issue.”

Election Day will be in just two weeks on November 5.
Auditor General decries using $1 million for Voter ID ads


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