Pennsylvania Spends $1 Million On Ads Promoting Voter Suppression Law Blocked By Courts


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,” Pennsylvania’s top auditor said about a seven-figure ad campaign to promote the state’s voter ID law. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale instead recommended that this money be spent to “invest in making it easier for eligible voters to cast their ballot.”

A Pennsylvania court suspended the bulk of the law in the lead up to the 2012 election — holding that the requirement that voters show ID in order to cast a ballot “must be enjoined to prevent disenfranchisement.” A subsequent ruling blocked the law again last August. By conservative estimates, voter ID laws prevent 2 to 3 percent of registered voters from casting a ballot, with the deepest effects being felt amount left-leaning constituencies such as students, low-income voters and people of color.

Last year, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-PA) admitted that he supports voter ID because he believed that it would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”