Voting Access in Chester County


We filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of African American residents and Lincoln University students in Chester County

The lawsuit asked the court to order Chester County to return the Lower Oxford East polling place to the Lincoln University campus, to authorize federal elections monitors in order to prevent unnecessary obstacles, and to award damages to residents who faced extreme difficulties or were prevented from voting in the 2008 general election.

The case quickly went into negotiations, then into mediation under the direction of federal magistrate Judge Jacob P. Hart. The Law Center partnered in this case with DLA Piper LLP, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Marian Schneider, Esq., a Chester County lawyer and voting rights advocate.