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This database consolidates and tracks litigation concerning the effect of the pandemic on election law. The purpose of this tool is to provide an interactive list of relevant cases that can be searched by issue, court, status, and jurisdiction.

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Disability Rights Pennsylvania v. Boockvar


Disability Rights Penn. v. Boockvar, No. 83-MM-2020 (Penn. Sup. Ct.)

  Case Summary Disability Rights Pennsylvania; SeniorLAW Center; Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc. (SEAMAAC); Suzanne Erb; The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia (Petitioners), challenged the constitutionality of sections 1302, 1302.1, 1302.2, and 1308 of the 2019 Omnibus Amendments to the Pennsylvania Election Code (Act 77). Petitioners filed their suit against Kathy Boockvar, in her capacity as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Jessica Mathis, in her capacity as Director of the Bureau of Election Services and Notaries of the Pennsylvania Department of State (Respondents) claiming the deadline for receipt of absentee and mail-in ballots violates (1) Pennsylvania’s Free and Equal Elections Clause, Art. I, §5,; (2) Pennsylvania Constitution’s Free Expression and Association Clauses, Art. I, §§7, 20; (3) Pennsylvania Constitution ’s Equal Protection Guarantees, Art. 1, §§ 1, 26; (4) Article VII, Section 14(a) of the Pennsylvania Constitution (Absentee Voting Guarantee). Pennsylvania law provides for two categories of voters who are permitted to vote by means other than voting in person at a polling location: absentee voters and mail-in voters. Any registered voter who does not qualify as an absentee voter may apply to submit their ballot by mail-in voting, without providing a justification. Under Pennsylvania law, a mail-in or absentee ballot will not be counted unless it is received by a county election board “on or before eight o’clock P.M. the day of the primary or election" (“receive by” deadline). Petitioners claim that due to the COVID 19 pandemic and increased numbers of absentee and mail in ballots, the “receive by” deadline will disenfranchise many voters who timely mail in their ballot but they arrive too late due to the delays caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.
Filed 04/27/2020
State Pennsylvania
Type of Court State
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 09/05/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Claim that Mail Voting Leads to Fraud and/or Vote Dilution)
Dispositive Ruling(s) 04/27/2020: Petition
05/04/2020: Other, Plaintiffs application for a preliminary injunction.
05/15/2020: Order/Ruling, Petition dismissed with prejudice.
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