Pennsylvania Judge Won’t Ban Misleading Photo ID Ads

A Pennsylvania judge rejected a move Friday to block misleading ad campaigns about the state’s photo ID requirement. Advocacy groups who won a suspension of Pennsylvania’s voter ID requirement earlier this month had argued that in the wake of the court ruling, the state failed to inform voters of the change and instead delayed correcting information in existing ads and other materials, and issued new and misleading ads, such as the one below, which features an image of a photo ID with the tiny words “This election day, if you have it,” followed by the huge and capitalized phrase “Show it”:

The decision came from Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson, who ordered that the law be put on hold for this election.