Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog is calling it a waste of money to spend $1 million on 30-second TV ads promoting the state’s voter ID law. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s criticism Tuesday echoes that of other state Democratic lawmakers, and says the ads are fostering confusion ahead of the Nov. 5 election. A judge has blocked the requirement that voters show certain forms of ID before casting a ballot.
But state elections officials say they’re still required to educate voters about the law and poll workers are still required to ask voters for ID, although voters aren’t required to show one.
Department of State spokesman Ron Ruman says agency officials also want to educate voters now about how to get a free state-issued photo ID if the law ultimately is upheld.