Fake News story circulates to suppress voter turnout

· November 1, 2004, 5:00 am

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A flyer with a doctored Chicago Sun-Times news story is circulating on campus telling students that if they vote in Pennsylvania they will lose any grant money from their home state. The document cites an altered Associated Press story about a student from Pennsylvania, which was changed to say that the student registered to vote in the state. The story asserts that students from out of state lose grant money if they vote in Pennsylvania. In fact, students who register and vote in Pennsylvania will not lose state grant money, regardless of where they are originally from. The first paragraph of the actual AP story reads as follows: "Some college students from Pennsylvania who plan to vote Nov. 2 will do so at their own financial peril. That is because students who go to school out of state and register to vote on campus lose their eligibility for Pennsylvania state grant money." (Emphasis added). The doctored flyer changes the first paragraph to read: "College students in Pennsylvania who plan to vote on Nov. 2 will do so at their own financial peril. That is because students who go to school out of state and register to vote on campus lose their eligibility for home state grant money."

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