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Published on: October 21, 2012 08:16 PM
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Cleveland - More than 140 billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin warning of the criminal consequences of voter fraud will be taken down starting on Monday after the sponsor chose to remove them rather than reveal its identity, the billboard owner said.

The billboards, which show a large judge’s gavel and read “Voter Fraud is a felony - up to 3 ½ years and a $10,000 fine,” went up primarily in low-income minority neighborhoods in early October, just weeks before the November 6 elections, and were immediately criticized by voter rights groups as an attempt to intimidate minority voters.

The sponsor was not identified on the billboards owned by Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. The company said this was a violation of its policy against anonymous political ads.

After discussions, the sponsor, whom Clear Channel Outdoor has called a “private family foundation” but declined to name, “thought the best solution was to take the boards down, so we are in the process of removing them,” the company said in a statement.

Crews on Monday will begin taking down 30 billboards in Cleveland, 30 in Columbus and 85 in Milwaukee, Jim Cullinan, vice president of corporate communications for Clear Channel Outdoor, told Reuters.

Cleveland City Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, one of the most vocal critics of the billboards, told Reuters on Sunday: “Needless to say I’m happy they will be taken down but I want to know who was behind this in the first place.”

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In response to the outcry, Clear Channel Outdoor donated 10 billboards around the Cleveland area that read “Voting Is a Right. Not a Crime!”

 

 


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 Oct 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM PowerUp Says:

This is exactly why america is in shambles, trying to be politicly correct and giving away everything for the world, can someone explain to me why it had to be taken down? Isn't voter fruad a crime??? Or Are they really afraid that legitimate voters will think that voting is a crime???

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 Oct 22, 2012 at 08:53 AM Against Voter Fraud Says:

The problem is that there are no federal standards, or any uniform standards throughout the country, pertaining to voter registration, or the type of voting machine to be used. There are over 4,000 counties in the USA, each one with their own rules and standards. Within a given state, the latest electronic voting machines may be used, as well as machines with the old mechanical levers, and even paper ballots. There have been cases of voters being registered, and casting ballots in more than one state! Most states don't even exchange data regarding voter information. This antiquated system much change. One would have thought that after the 2000 fiasco in Florida with the hanging chads, etc., that a better system would have been in place by this time. Our country could send 12 men to the moon, and safely return them to earth. However, we can't seem to get the kinks out of our voting system.

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 Oct 22, 2012 at 09:37 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #1  
PowerUp Says:

This is exactly why america is in shambles, trying to be politicly correct and giving away everything for the world, can someone explain to me why it had to be taken down? Isn't voter fruad a crime??? Or Are they really afraid that legitimate voters will think that voting is a crime???

Reading comprehension must be tough for you.

The company who owns the billboards has a policy of not allowing "anonymous" political ads. The customer did not want their names made public so they took the boards down. It has nothing to do with "fear" or anything else.

Secondly, this "family" is clearly either stupid, ignorant, or victims of terrible propaganda. They put up more billboards than there have been cases of voter fraud in decades!

There are less than 10 cases of voter fraud in the last 12 years. While some people have filled out voter registration cards fraudulently, they never actually voted (except in ONE Missouri case).

Even with partisan election monitors watching everything, there have been less than 10 ACCUSATIONS of individual voter fraud in the last 12 years. Of those cases, only 3 INDIVIDUALS were found to have voted "fraudulently" and by that, I mean they voted in the wrong district.

The idea that illegals show up in droves to vote, or other such nonsense is the kind of fantasy story that entertainers on radio and TV literally make up in order to whip their easily-manipulated audience of idiots into a frenzy.

I say show me the evidence, or shut up!

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 Oct 22, 2012 at 10:02 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

In reply to Number One, there are many things we can say under free speech. Saying some of them makes you look like a bigot and an idiot. The unnamed persons who placed this ad understood this. They wanted to say something they knew was legal, but did not want to look like bigots and idiots.

Many here could follow the example.

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 Oct 22, 2012 at 01:46 PM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #2  
Against Voter Fraud Says:

The problem is that there are no federal standards, or any uniform standards throughout the country, pertaining to voter registration, or the type of voting machine to be used. There are over 4,000 counties in the USA, each one with their own rules and standards. Within a given state, the latest electronic voting machines may be used, as well as machines with the old mechanical levers, and even paper ballots. There have been cases of voters being registered, and casting ballots in more than one state! Most states don't even exchange data regarding voter information. This antiquated system much change. One would have thought that after the 2000 fiasco in Florida with the hanging chads, etc., that a better system would have been in place by this time. Our country could send 12 men to the moon, and safely return them to earth. However, we can't seem to get the kinks out of our voting system.

FYI: There has never been a case where someone has voted in 2 different states. In fact, there has only been TWO cases in the last 30 years where someone MAY Have voted twice and one of those was an elderly woman who misunderstood the "absentee ballot" and she also voted in person.

There HAVE been cases were someone was REGISTERED in more than one state, or county even, but in all the lawsuits nobody has ever been able to show more than one or two bad votes. In the last 12 years there have been less than TEN people who MAY have voted fraudulently through impersonation, and only once did it happen in the same state in the same year (Missouri). One or two votes does not make or break an election. These parties spend tens of millions of dollars going through every single registered voter looking for any possible angle to assert fraud charges and they never find any.

90% of voter fraud accusations are dismissed as clerical errors (we're human after all) having no impact on the outcome of the election.

This is a phony issue that is raised by the entertainment media to whip their audience of ignorant morons into a frenzy and nothing more. The actual EVIDENCE proves it.

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 Oct 22, 2012 at 02:10 PM benalt Says:

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PMOinFL Says:

FYI: There has never been a case where someone has voted in 2 different states. In fact, there has only been TWO cases in the last 30 years where someone MAY Have voted twice and one of those was an elderly woman who misunderstood the "absentee ballot" and she also voted in person.

There HAVE been cases were someone was REGISTERED in more than one state, or county even, but in all the lawsuits nobody has ever been able to show more than one or two bad votes. In the last 12 years there have been less than TEN people who MAY have voted fraudulently through impersonation, and only once did it happen in the same state in the same year (Missouri). One or two votes does not make or break an election. These parties spend tens of millions of dollars going through every single registered voter looking for any possible angle to assert fraud charges and they never find any.

90% of voter fraud accusations are dismissed as clerical errors (we're human after all) having no impact on the outcome of the election.

This is a phony issue that is raised by the entertainment media to whip their audience of ignorant morons into a frenzy and nothing more. The actual EVIDENCE proves it.

Don't you mean lack of evidence as you are basing it on there not being enough people caught to show it is happening and that it is not logical for people to do it en-mass and not have more caught?

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 Oct 22, 2012 at 03:33 PM YYYguy Says:

Am I missing something.? If the company does not allow "anonymous" political ads how did 130 of them get put up in the first place ?

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 Oct 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM PMOinFL Says:

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benalt Says:

Don't you mean lack of evidence as you are basing it on there not being enough people caught to show it is happening and that it is not logical for people to do it en-mass and not have more caught?

Every year, each campaign spends MILLIONS of dollars trying to get every vote counted or thrown out. More private money is spent on voter fraud/supression than you could imagine and they find NOTHING.

You, sadly, fall victim to the "Glen Beck" and "Ed Schultz" approach to propaganda. It is CLASSIC conspiracy theory nonsense and the entertainment media (and their idiot audiences) LOVE IT.

First you tell people there is a bogeyman (the 'illegitimate voter' in this case). Then, you can show them that it is POSSIBLE for the bogeyman to exist. Then, you show them how the existence of the bogeyman satisfies one of their prejudices and/or irrational conspiracy theories. Then you start saying things like "why won't the President answer my questions about this?" or "Why is the mainstream media not talking about this?" or the crown jewel, "I'm not saying this is happening... I'm just asking the question and I don't understand why nobody will answer me." And idiots all over America fall right in line... every time.

Beck, Schultz, Olbermann, Limbaugh and Hannity have PERFECTED this style which was modernized by the late Morton Downey Jr (Limbaugh's mentor).

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 Oct 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #7  
YYYguy Says:

Am I missing something.? If the company does not allow "anonymous" political ads how did 130 of them get put up in the first place ?

They allow political ads. However, the company makes it clear that the owners cannot remain hidden. When Clear Channel was asked the "who", the family that paid for the ads asked that their names not be released. So, Clear Channel (in trying to respect their client's privacy), gave them the option of taking the ads down in exchange for maintaining their confidentiality.

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 Oct 23, 2012 at 01:48 PM benalt Says:

Reply to #8  
PMOinFL Says:

Every year, each campaign spends MILLIONS of dollars trying to get every vote counted or thrown out. More private money is spent on voter fraud/supression than you could imagine and they find NOTHING.

You, sadly, fall victim to the "Glen Beck" and "Ed Schultz" approach to propaganda. It is CLASSIC conspiracy theory nonsense and the entertainment media (and their idiot audiences) LOVE IT.

First you tell people there is a bogeyman (the 'illegitimate voter' in this case). Then, you can show them that it is POSSIBLE for the bogeyman to exist. Then, you show them how the existence of the bogeyman satisfies one of their prejudices and/or irrational conspiracy theories. Then you start saying things like "why won't the President answer my questions about this?" or "Why is the mainstream media not talking about this?" or the crown jewel, "I'm not saying this is happening... I'm just asking the question and I don't understand why nobody will answer me." And idiots all over America fall right in line... every time.

Beck, Schultz, Olbermann, Limbaugh and Hannity have PERFECTED this style which was modernized by the late Morton Downey Jr (Limbaugh's mentor).

Don't know about that, but you clearly listen/watch a lot of radio/tv! But thanks for straightening me out :-)

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