Voter Intimidation Billboards Will Be Pulled Down In Cleveland

Earlier this month, dozens of billboards suddenly appeared in predominantly African-American and Latino neighborhoods in Cleveland referring to stiff jail sentences facing the rare individuals who commit voter fraud:

In the wake of complaints that the billboards’ true purpose was to intimidate minority voters from casting fully legal votes, the billboards are now being pulled down. Clear Channel Outdoor, which rented the billboard space to an unnamed family foundation, explained that they decided to remove the billboards because they “violate our policy of not accepting anonymous political ads.” Clear Channel also agreed to donate 10 billboards that will display a counter-message clarifying that voting is a right and not a crime: