We’ve had some good news in the past few days: the voter intimidation billboards that we first revealed here at Plunderbund, billboards installed across Ohio in predominantly African American communities, are coming down.
Last week the Plain Dealer told us that Cleveland Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, State Senator Nina Turner and other voting rights activists convinced Clear Channel to take down the billboards AND to donate 10 billboards to display a pro-voting message. Cleveland City Council will pay for five more.
Today we got even more good news from Cincinnati.
According to a press release by Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, we’ll soon be seeing similar pro-voting billboards in the Cincy area. The councilman “reached out to the Lamar Advertising Company and asked if they would donate a series of billboards telling people that voting is a right, not a crime – serving as a forceful rebuttal to the intimidation billboards. Lamar has agreed to donate 10 billboard across Cincinnati.”
The new billboards will start going up this weekend.