Scaife-Owned Newspaper Falsely Claims Photo IDs Required to Vote in Pennsylvania
By Michael Allen
Opposing Views, October 22, 2012
Conservative billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife owns several newspapers through his company Trib Total Media. One of Melon’s newspapers, the Mount Pleasant Journal, printed a false story with the headline ‘Photo ID required for November election’ for Pennsylvania readers, last Thursday.
The article claims that voters will need to show a photo ID to vote and that people who do not show a photo ID will be required to cast a provisional ballot and then show a photo ID later. However, thanks to a court order, Pennsylvania voters can cast a normal vote without a photo ID, not a provisional ballot. Voters may be asked to show photo ID while voting, but cannot be turned away or forced to use a provisional ballot as the article claims, reports ThinkProgress.org.
Whether this was an honest mistake or an attempt at voter suppression is not known, but conservatives and Republicans in Pennsylvania have been pushing hard to make photo IDs the law.