This is just a reminder from your local family values club. A friendly neighborhood courtesy announcement. Just in case you forgot — voter fraud is a felony!
via the Columbus Dispatch
CLEVELAND — A billboard in an inner-city, predominately African-American neighborhood here, not far from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s home, reads “Voter Fraud is a Felony.”
The billboard ad is sponsored by the Private Family Foundation. It says fraud is punishable by 3 1/2 years in prison, up to a $10,000 fine, and shows a judge’s gavel. [...]
Leaders in the community where the billboard is placed — it’s located on E. 35th Street and Community College Blvd — say the billboard is a blatant attempt at voter intimidation. They say the community, like many inner city communities, contains a high number of ex-criminal offenders who might be intimidated by the imagery on the billboard.
And here’s the billboard in question.
Clearly if Republicans can’t disenfranchise enough minority voters with various forms of voter suppression tactics, the next best thing is scaring minorities away from voting.
Could it be a coincidence that this billboard was placed in communities that have majority African American populations? No. Absolutely not.
(photo via Stan Donaldson, The Plain Dealer)