Advocates for voters sue Pennsylvania for rejecting thousands of mail-in ballots due to inconsequential handwritten date mistakes

Today, a statewide coalition of nonpartisan community organizations sued Pennsylvania Secretary of State Al Schmidt and election officials in Philadelphia and Allegheny County, demanding an end to the disqualification of mail-in ballots for inconsequential date errors.

Voting rights advocates sue Butler County for denying voters the opportunity to fix mail ballot errors

April 29, 2024 — Two Butler County voters sued the county today for not counting their provisional ballots in this month’s primary election. The voters forgot to include the secrecy envelope when they returned their mail-in ballots, but when they attempted to cast provisional ballots to fix their errors, the county board of elections decided […]

We sent a letter to Washington County urging them to notify voters of mail-in ballot clerical mistakes

In a letter we sent with ACLU-PA, we warn that Washington County’s decision to end its notice-and-cure process for mail-in ballots could disenfranchise hundreds of voters and likely violates voters’ legal rights.  The Pennsylvania county recently decided to stop notifying mail-in voters who make clerical mistakes on their ballot declarations that those ballots will not be counted, denying them to chance to cure those clerical errors (as they had been able to do under previous policy) or to vote provisionally at the polls on election day.

In a victory for voters, a Delaware County Court has ruled that provisional ballots must be counted after their mail-in ballots were rejected

Today, a Delaware County court has ruled that provisional ballots that are submitted after a voter’s mail ballot is rejected due to errors must be counted

We ask a judge to order the Delaware County Board of Elections to count our clients’ votes in a motion for judgement on the pleadings

July 7, 2023 – Our clients in a May 25 lawsuit against the Delaware County Board of Elections, three long-time senior voters, submitted provisional ballots in the May 16 primary after being notified that their mail-in ballots would not be counted. They were disenfranchised when the board, relying on an unpublished  court decision that misinterpreted […]

Taking on prison gerrymandering, formerly incarcerated voters and the NAACP-PA file an amicus brief supporting PA state house and senate maps

March 11, 2022 – Formerly incarcerated Pennsylvania voters and the NAACP – Pennsylvania State Conference have filed an amicus brief with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, supporting the Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC)’s decision to take a major step towards ending the practice of “prison gerrymandering” in their 2022 Pennsylvania state House and Senate redistricting plans. By […]

Our statement on the Legislative Reapportionment Commission’s decision to count inmates in their hometowns

August 24, 2021–Today, Pennsylvania took a big step forward as a democracy. In a 3-2 vote, the Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC)—the state panel authorized under the Pennsylvania Constitution to draw state legislative district lines—adopted a resolution to count state prison inmates at their home addresses, rather than the addresses of their cells, when determining legislative […]

Voting rights advocates’ statement in response to appeals court ruling in Trump v. Boockvar

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia today upheld a district court ruling that denied President Trump’s attempt to block certification of Pennsylvania’s election results and to discard valid and legally cast ballots

Federal judge dismisses Trump’s attempt to disenfranchise seven million Pennsylvania voters

November 21, 2020 – A federal district court judge today dismissed a lawsuit brought by President Trump’s campaign for reelection against Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and seven counties, dealing a crippling blow to the president’s attempts to undermine the election’s expected results in the commonwealth. In an amended version of the lawsuit filed […]

Civil rights organizations stand up for Pennsylvania voters against attempt to block valid ballots

November 5, 2020 — Voting rights organizations are fighting back against an attempt by Republican candidates in Pennsylvania to invalidate valid ballots cast by eligible voters. State representative candidate Joseph Hamm and U.S. Representative Mike Kelly, along with four voters, filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court on Election Day, claiming that county election officials who […]