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Commonwealth Judge Denies ACLU Request To Change Voter ID Ads

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By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Commonwealth Court judge ruled Thursday that he will not interfere in a dispute between the state and voting rights advocates over voter ID ads.

With just days until the general election, you’ve problem seen or heard the ads.

“If you want to have a voice…then show it, show it, show it!” says the ad.

The ACLU asked Commonwealth Court Judge to force the state to revise those advertisements and send out corrective messaging, arguing the ads are misleading voters to believe they’ll need ID on election day.

Judge Simpson refused, arguing voter advocates failed to prove that the ads lead to disenfranchised voters.

“Sadly, the Commonwealth has dropped the ball on being clear and telling voters that for this election you don’t need photo ID getting the message out on,” ACLU attorney Vic Walczak said.

In papers filed earlier this week, the Commonwealth argued it has worked diligently to get the message that no ID is required on November 6th. The state allocated $5 million dollars in federal funds for voter ID ads.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law CLICK HERE.