Clear Channel Corporation agreed to take down a number of billboards, placed in predominately African American and Latino neighborhoods, that some said were intimidating to voters.
Critics said that the billboards, which read the message “Voter fraud is a felony,” boarded on racism because they were placed in minority neighborhoods.
The billboards state correctly that voter fraud is a felony punishable by up to three and a half years and a $10,000 fine.
Rev. Dale Snyder of Bethel AME Church told 10V News that he believed the signs were targeting a specific community.
“This is intimidation, it’s fear tactics,” Snyder said.
The new message on the billboards, which are going up in Cleveland on Monday and will be posted in Columbus and Cincinnati by next week, will read “Voting is a right, not a crime.”
Clear Channel Outdoor, the company that owns the space, said that there are 30 voter fraud billboards in the Columbus area.
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