COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker

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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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League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar

Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn

League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar, No. 2:20-cv-03850 (E.D. Pa.)

  Case Summary Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, and individual voters sued state and county officials. Plaintiffs alleged that Pennsylvania’s failure to provide, on a uniform and statewide basis, absentee and mail-in voters with any opportunity to cure signature-related deficiencies with their absentee or mail-in ballot violated the procedural due process requirement of the Fourteenth Amendment, that the unreliable signature-verification process unduly burdened the right to vote in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendment, and that Pennsylvania’s unreliable and error-prone signature-verification procedures violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Plaintiffs requested DJ and PI ordering defendants to establish a procedure4 by which voters may cure deficiencies in their absentee or mail-in ballots.
Filed 08/07/2020
State Pennsylvania
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Third Circuit
Status Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn
Last Updated 03/13/2021
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Notice/Cure for Mismatches Missing Signature or Mistakes)
Complaint(s) 08/07/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 09/14/2020: Order/Ruling, Plaintiffs filed for dismissal in response to new guidance issued on 9/11/20 by the Secretary that "The Pennsylvania Election Code does not authorize the county board of elections to set aside returned absentee or mail-in ballots based solely on signature analysis by the county board of elections.”
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