Scammy political billboard of questionable legality: what to do?
April 9, 2011 8:16 PM Subscribe
There's a misleading political billboard up in my small Massachusetts town, implying photo ID is required for voting. This is not true. I'm hopping mad & trying to figure out what would be an appropriate response to this situation. (More info & a photo link below.)
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (30 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I first saw the ad while I was out running errands with my kids this week. I had other things on my mind, didn't look too closely, and just assumed it was some sort of public notice about the upcoming special election for the 6th Worcester District congressional seat.
Later on when I was home relaxing in my jammies it randomly occurred to me that Massachusetts election laws don't require photo ID checks at the polls. When I went back this morning to check out the ad again, it looked pretty fishy: I noticed there's no attribution info the billboard saying "paid for by" or "a message from" _____. Also, it's across the parking lot from a state agency building, making it even easier to mistake for an official state notice.
If this were a general interest campaign to educate voters about new voting requirements in Massachusetts election law, there would be more than the one billboard. The message would have some form of recognizable attribution, with a website link and/or phone number for people to get more information. There would be public service announcements on TV, stories on the news, and articles in the newspaper. People would be talking about it.
The fact that someone out there is choosing to launch a campaign to encourage voters to think photo ID is required for voting with *one* billboard, in a crappy neighborhood in a town that is demographically poorer, browner, and left-leaning than the rest of the congressional district is sketchy as all get-out.
Here's a photo of the billboard:
So, uh, now what do I do?