Free-speech-averse Dems flip out over anti-voter-fraud billboards in Milwaukee, Cleveland

Leftist activists and politicians in Milwaukee and Cleveland are up in arms over a set of billboards reminding passersby that voter fraud is a felony. Free speech is all well and good, you see, unless it offends someone — or reveals an ugly truth. And perpetually-offended, truth-averse Democrats, positively livid that free speech is being used to demand accountability from potential voters, are insisting that the billboards are nothing more than large-scale voter intimidation.

More from The Chicago Tribune:

“The billboards create a chilling effect,” said Marcia Johnson-Blanco, a co-director at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, an advocacy group that asked Clear Channel Outdoor to remove the signs.

City Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, who represents a part of Cleveland where most of the city’s voting billboards are located, said the signs have “an insidious impact and they are designed to intimidate.”

“I’m worried they will actually scare some of the ex-offenders, people with felony records who can vote,” Cleveland said, explaining that there is confusion about felons voting because in some states it is illegal.

The felons! Won’t someone please think of the felons?

Leftist media outlets like ThinkProgress and The Washington Post are quick to dismiss voter fraud as figment of Republicans’ imagination, as something that occurs less frequently than a person being struck by lightning. But as James O’Keefe’s work demonstrates, voter fraud is very real, and it is much more common than liberals are willing to admit.

Angry lefties took to Twitter to denounce the billboards and call for them to be taken down:

Yes. It is. Too bad Obama, Eric Holder, and friends apparently missed that memo.

Because the many of the billboards are located in poorer, more urban areas, several billboard opponents were quick to label the campaign as raaaaaaaacist!!1! Color of Change, whose bread and butter is intimidation, was among the billboards’ most vocal critics:

What’s racist is subscribing to the idea that minorities in this country legally are incapable of obtaining valid forms of identification.

Not everyone was willing to swallow the leftists’ race-baiting swill:

How, indeed?

Could it be that the Democrats know that they’re the chief beneficiaries of unchecked voter fraud?

Good question. Only those who intend to defraud the political system should be thinking twice about illegitimately casting their votes.

In the meantime, citizens should keep their eyes open for Mona Eltahawy-wannabes. The billboards, set to stay put through Election Day, are ripe targets for vandalism.

  • $31494029

    How does telling someone not to commit a felony create a “chilling effect” . A chilling effect by its original intent was about stoping someone from doing something that was lawful by erecting roadblocks or using the power of the state to curtail legal activity.
    A crime is not a legal activity, by their logic any billboard that says “Don’t Drink and Drive” creates a “chilling effect” on lawful driving because it reminds people not to commit a crime while driving….interesting.

    • Michael Rice

      Telling people not to drink and drive would be racist against people convicted of DWI and might confuse people who have other drinking related offenses, making them think they can’t drive, even sober.
      It would also be intimidation against those, we going to do it?

  • Johnny Banco

    LOL@these self-incriminating, whiny IDIOTS (I CANNOT emphasize “idiots” enough here!) who write the joke for us, as usual for them!

  • Rachel

    I’m trying to figure out who the bleep this would offend except someone planning to commit voter fraud or someone who is hoping lots of voter fraud will be committed.

  • radjahshelduck

    Shouldn’t it just be “vote fraud” rather than “voter fraud”?

  • Steve Bacher

    No different than having billboards saying Speeding is a crime or those signs in construction areas saying fines doubled /jail time. What a crock.

    • Tom Bannigan

      It is about as senseless as someone calling the cops on someone for impeding the flow of traffic for doing the speed limit in the high speed lane.

  • Johnny Banco

    I’d like to see these lying Leftist goons, who say that vote fraud isn’t rampant and/or a valid concern, try to explain the following: if vote fraud isn’t happening at a significant level, then why have so many ACORN members and others like them been busted for fraudulently registering potential voters – why would they bother taking such a risk in the first place if they didn’t believe they’d receive some kind of tangible benefit for doing so?

    These hysterical people are as respectable and clownish as Biden was during the debate against Ryan…

    • SameJerkDifferentName

      You can bet that if Romney is *allowed to win*, the lefties will be SCREAMING about voter fraud then, and they’ll be blaming the Right because of their anti voter fraud campaign.
      * I think this election has been fixed (I guess I’m on the tin-foil hat squad)

    • Roxanne

      I love what you said and how you said it. Voter fraud is really a problem and was a disgusting problem in 2008 so I hope these signs make people think before they vote more then once. It is illegal.

  • michael s

    It’s amazing what’s supported on this website. Now this attempt to attack voters should be tolerated, yet it was soldiers its voter suppression . I said what was being done to soldiers was wrong. Try to be consistent.

    • Johnny Banco

      Oh, shut up already, you childish whiner.

      Since NO law-abiding citizens with respect for the law would/should feel personally targeted/attacked by these ads, who’s left to complain about them? You’re a shameless enabler/tolerator of criminal activity and of perpetual victimhood, and deserve to be treated as such.

      • Cal Damage

        Great. Can the AFL-CIO put one up over your house, or outside your country club, near the ninth hole? Yea, didn’t think so.

        • Johnny Banco

          lol@you, you pompous jerk, what evidence leads you to believe I might care where the signs would be put up? I live in an major city that has security guards in grocery stores, where its suburbs generally do not similarly have them. Think there might be a good, deliberate reason for that difference?

          I think the ads are great, and entertaining – I love that they get unhappy dumb@sses in denial like you all excited! :)

        • Rick Bowser

          Hey, Cal….how many dead people and Illegals were you planning to bring to the polls with you?

        • Jules

          They can put one in my neighborhood. I’m not intimidated by signs that speak truth.

    • sparxie

      Where is the ‘attack’ on voters from these signs? Voter Fraud is illegal.

    • ZoriahShepard

      Yes – where is the attack on voters? What do you see that the rest of don’t? I simply see a billboard explaining the law. I don’t see where it says anything about soliders, minorities or felons (god bless em).

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      God, they’re idiots. “An attempt to attack voters.”
      I’d love to get you on the analyst’s couch and do a Rorschach, baby.

    • Mark Hooks

      Attacking voters….yeah, that’s it. Or, I prefer, warning those who attempt to defraud my constitutional right to self-determination, that there are laws against doing so. Kinda like those pesky laws against murder & stuff…

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      There was a sign in the local department store that said that “Shoplifting is a crime!” OMG!!!!1111!!one!! That’s racist!

    • TocksNedlog

      By all means, please explain how ANY legitimate voters are being ‘attacked’. Go!

    • NRPax

      If they are legal voters, they aren’t being attacked. There is no inconsistency here.

    • Jules

      I would love every person there to legally vote. But too many precincts come in at 120% of RV. It’s called “Fraud.”

  • Fire and Adjust!

    I fail to see how compelling ANYONE to follow the law is or should be against the law.

    Speed limit signs, take em down, no drinking while driving signs, take em down, no trespassing signs, take em down, bank security cameras, take em down, locks on your front door, take em out………….

    • Cal Damage

      Are these up near every polling place in these states, like stop signs at restricted intersxns? Are they up all year every year, like stop signs?

      Or do they magically appear, just three weeks before elections, only in neighborhoods that vote heavily Democratic, on billboards owned by ClearChannel, which is wholly owned by Bain Capital, most of whose officers Romney hired, and which issues quarterly earnings to the Republican candidate for president?

      Please answer….I’m waiting…yea, didn’t think so.

      Remember, there hasn’t been more than 4 cases of in-person voter fraud in the United States in 10 years. Y’all just can’t stand finding out that YOU all are the minority.

      • RosiesSeeingRed


        So WHAT if they magically appear? In Hoboken, NJ, sign’s “magically” appear about a week before St. Patrick’s Day informing citizens that if you pee anywhere but in a bathroom (which apparently is a problem after all of the drinking/partying that goes on), you will be heavily fined because it is ILLEGAL to pee on the street or sidewalks, but apparently, it’s only a problem around St. Patrick’s day.

        So what’s your point again?

      • DavidKramer

        Yeah, those 200 convictions so far in Minnesota in regards to the Al Franken election kind of blows away your numbers. Plus the 4 Democrat officials in New York that plead guilty and 4 more awaiting trial. Yep, you is one moron alright.

      • Rick Bowser

        I guess we should remove those pesky speed limit signs, as they might “INTIMIDATE” motorists!

  • Guest

    The truth of the law intimidates? Intimidates you not to break the law? Where is the problem??

  • Jimni27

    IF those signs were placed in areas where voter fraud was known to happen in the past, then you’re damn right they should be there now to “intimidate”. If they were placed in, say, black neighborhoods with no history of fraud, then I can see their point.

  • Guy_Montag_OG

    If you don’t vote for The One…twice…then you’re a racist!

  • conservativechick

    Why do they consider this “voter intimidation? If you are NOT breaking the LAW, you have nothing to worry about? This is no different tan those signs warning about drinking and driving, texting and driving or supplying liquor to minors? Why so AFRAID? We all know why!

  • Douglas Moose

    I get it. People who are too stupid to elect Obama for a 2nd term are also too stupid to know they aren’t breaking the law when casting a ballot for him? They see themselves as frauds for voting Obama, because they know it’s the wrong choice!

  • Jane B Davis

    I love it! The first ones to shout “racist” are WHITE people who have a vested interest in non-registered people voting. They then assume that the very people they plan on USING as pawns must be the ones targeted by the signs, so then they have to raise a ruckus about the whole thing. Excuse me, but who’s the racist?

  • EEKman

    How does the right explain why its fighting so hard against early voting? Why is the OHIO GOP trying to take this to the OHIO supreme court before the election? Why do you like long voting lines? Why isn’t election day a national holiday?

    • Capitalismczar

      The people working arent the ones committing fraud. Labor laws state you must be given time off to vote.

      • EEKman

        Who is committing fraud and how does restricting the amount of time available to vote by 3 days fix it?

        • Anonymous

          Can I have the weed your on?

      • Cal Damage

        And employees get all the time they need? To stand in the lines back home, 50 miles from work, for hours, because the Republican Sec’O’State forgot to send enough voting machines to that (heavily Democratic) precinct? Oh, sure, the employers quake in fear that the Sec’o’State and the Labor Commish might hurt them…

        Can I have some of what you’re smoking?

    • redheadgrl

      In GA, early voting began today. Lines were 1.5 hours long. Looks like there will be lots of long voting lines this year, no matter when you vote….

    • Anonymous

      Why isn’t celebrating your shutting up a national holiday?

  • Anthony

    i wonder if that sign would still be racist if the incumbent were white? and if voter fraud were not that big a deal why the big push for voter ID being racist as well?

  • Danny Wheeler

    Yeah, it was a matter of time till the posters got vandalized.

  • Daniel H Doxzen Jr

    How is this intimidating? Only seems to be intimidating to those who plan to commit the felony of voter fraud. I, as an average American citizen, am in no way intimidated by these billboards, nor is anyone with whom I am associated.

  • Nonya

    They are crying, yet they should really be agreeing with this.
    I have tried to understand the mind of a Lib, but I just can’t understand their reasoning.

    • Judith Lewis

      I have said this many times. I keep asking liberals to please explain why they think the way they do but I don’t think they understand. I think it’s because they want to be in what they think is the ” in” crowd.

  • Thom Harris

    Does this mean that I should have been upset with the “Click it or Ticket billboards? How about “You drink, you drive, you go to jail billboards?” After all, these were reminding me that if I broke the law then there would be repercussions. How come they didn’t complain about these?

  • Mark Hooks

    Ummmm, laws are only intimidating if you intend to break them. They don’t even realize that they’re making the case for the billboards to stay.

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    So, lemme get this straight. “We are OFFENDED! Since only poor minorities commit voter fraud, you must be talking to us!”

  • Love of Country

    I think these signs are a fabulous idea and obviously the only people bothered by such pertinent warnings are the Democrats who want as many illegal votes as they can get.

    You show me someone who objects to these signs and I’ll show you an unethical person who I would never want for a neighbor or compatriot.

    BTW – Ever wonder why no Republicans are up in arms about this fair warning? It’s quite obvious why, lol.

  • TiLiNi

    Ooohh!! “I’m lovin it!” =D

  • Kate

    How is this any different than a “We Card” sign outside of a bar? I don’t hear anyone complaining that it intimidates folks of legal drinking age.

    And seriously, the “racist” claim is a real stretch. What’s next- claiming cotton balls are racist because they’re all white?

    • Cal Damage

      Is this sign up at every polling place in the state, like that We Card sign at every bar? No? Is it up near heavily Democratic neighborhoods? Yes?

      And did this ever happen until y’all freaked out ’bout dey bein’ a darkie in da White House? No?

      And is that a southern cross on your bumper? Yes?

      • Kate

        Wow, stereotype much?

        A) Those signs are not at every bar. Most dive bars don’t have them
        B) I could care less what race the President is. I follow the MLK Jr. rule of judging one “by the content of their character.”
        C) I’m not southern. In fact, I live in Chicago, your holy mecca of liberalism.

      • michael s

        Bout dey being a darkie in da white house is racist

  • TroyGates

    I guess all the seat belt and texting violation signs, which include the fine dollar amounts, are just as intimidating and raciest.

  • TocksNedlog

    Falsely accusing Mitt Romney of committing a felony?
    No problem.
    Reminding ALL citizens of the penalty for committing a particular felony?
    Racists!!!!! Vote supressors!!!

  • Republichick

    Guess they better take down those “Click It or Ticket” Billboards. I wasn’t gonna wear my seat belt but now after seeing that sign I’m so upset I’m not even gonna drive now. smdh

  • steve

    i see nothing racist about the signs! it only pisses off people who have something to hide or are guilty!PLEASE I beg of you to put one up in my area. i promise you i will not pull out my race card.

  • Roxanne

    Voter fraud is more rampant then you think and I support these signs. I wish my state had them because some democrats like to vote more then once.

  • steve

    so when we see a shop lifting is a crime sign, we should assume the shop owner is racist and is committing shopper intimidation ?????

  • Michelle

    “Billboards have a chilling effect.” Right, cause we won’t those people to have a warm fuzzing feeling while committing voter fraud.

  • YERMOM182

    If you are intimidated by a sign that say voting more than once is a felony then you are indeed the world’s biggest pussy.

  • Laura Collazo Naso

    The exact same words are on the bottom of registration cards. BTW 3 of the Cleveland billboards are in predominately white neighborhoods, 3 are in the heart of downtown Cleveland, and 4 are in predominately black neighborhoods, so if 1 of the billboards are taken down in the black neighborhood, will the whiners finally shut up. And if you want to talk about intimidation, lets not have the Black Panthers hanging out in front of polling places.

  • Michelle

    I can relate, because I too get a chilling feeling when I speed through construction zones with those damn signs reminding me about doubled fines and stuff. Sooo racist!

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos believe voter fraud is a civil right.

  • weRbroke

    OMG…you mean mentioning the LAW is intimidating to voters? LMAO! Only the ones that can’t legally vote in the first place…which, by chance, happens to be WHY the law exists in the first place. UNLESS, like so many other laws, they really don’t have teeth unless a LIBERAL wants to prosecute. It would appear that the Democrats have tipped their hand and revealed they’ve got NOTHING but a bunch of overblown hype, manufactured to protect something they have worked hard to enable.

  • weRbroke

    BTW, I think the STATUTE (printed in various languages) should be present in the booth as well. Just a reminder to those who wish to mess with the integrity of our election processes in the US.

  • tjp77

    You know, in NYC there are signs up all over the city reminding us that illegal gun possession is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. They actually look a lot like these billboards also.

    Why is the ACLU not complaining about those?

  • Paul C.

    If you are a citizen, what do have to worry about the sign means nothing, but……………………

  • Tom Bannigan

    Voter fraud also supresses the vote. When you saturate the polls with so many votes one direction or the other with fraudulent votes, then you supress real voters voices from being heard.

  • Juan_Rico

    It’s SUPPOSED to create a “chilling” effect….. on people who commit voter fraud. If they aren’t trying to commit voter fraud, why is this an issue?

  • Adela Wagner

    Actually I think there should be a huge sign hung on the wall of every polling station, a huge font notice enclosed with every absentee ballot, and one also included with all voter registration forms sent out. To EVERYONE. And I see them there billboards as HELPING people not do something stupid. Knuckleheads included.

  • People Corporation

    Libs feign indignation at a billboard, but two black panther racists standing at the door of the polls holding baseball bats and shouting racial slurs at whites, and we hear nothing but crickets from these same people.

    Sorry peeps but your buddy Eric Holder pretty much set the bar on what voter intimidation isn’t.

  • Mark Hooks

    Cal Damage wrote:
    ‘When was the last time they changed the laws on murder, sweetie? Three weeks ago? Last month? Noooo.
    When was the last time they changed the rules on who gets to vote? Three weeks ago? :Last month? Yep, and in more than one state.

    My money says you’d have to call your TeaBagger handler to find out what the current requirements are in your state.

    And money say you, like 90% of Americans, don’t have a passport, which is the only currently-issued proof of citizenship, which is STRICTLY the province of federal determination, according to the Constitution.’


    And they changed all those laws on a per race basis! Careful— you better vote several times, in several states, & without proof you’re legally able to, or you might end up back in chains.

  • redheadgrl

    Sorry, but what laws is he referring to that were changed regarding who is allowed to vote? The only laws I’m aware of are voter-ID laws, which only state you have to produce a valid ID when you vote. These laws have nothing to do with who can vote. In GA, the state even provides free ID for those who can not ‘afford’ one.

  • Mark Hooks

    I don’t think he even knows. Just hysterical ranting. I replied sarcastically.