Case: Disability Rights Pennsylvania v. Boockvar

20-cv-00083 | Pennsylvania state trial court

Filed Date: 2020

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for information, see their tracker. According to their summary as of September 5, 2020, 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 t…

NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for information, see their tracker.

According to their summary as of September 5, 2020,

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.

People


Judge(s)

Todd, Debra McCloskey (Pennsylvania)

Wecht, David N (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Callahan, Samuel Francis (District of Columbia)

De Palma, Claudia (Pennsylvania)

Geffen, Benjamin D. (Pennsylvania)

Gersch, David P. (District of Columbia)

Glick, Kolya (District of Columbia)

Jacobson, Daniel F. (District of Columbia)

Jones, Robert Stanton (District of Columbia)

Jones [inactive], R. Stanton (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Todd, Debra McCloskey (Pennsylvania)

Wecht, David N (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Callahan, Samuel Francis (District of Columbia)

De Palma, Claudia (Pennsylvania)

Geffen, Benjamin D. (Pennsylvania)

Gersch, David P. (District of Columbia)

Glick, Kolya (District of Columbia)

Jacobson, Daniel F. (District of Columbia)

Jones, Robert Stanton (District of Columbia)

Jones [inactive], R. Stanton (District of Columbia)

Mckenzie, Mary M. (Pennsylvania)

Theodore, Elisabeth S. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Aronchick, Mark A. (Pennsylvania)

Hangley, Michele D. (Pennsylvania)

Hill, John B (Pennsylvania)

Mavroudis, Dimitrios (Pennsylvania)

Rickabaugh, Jessica A. (Pennsylvania)

Tucker, Joe H. Jr. (Pennsylvania)

Other Attorney(s)

Bresso, Gineen (Virginia)

Crosland, E. S. (District of Columbia)

DelBello, James Edmond Jr. (Pennsylvania)

Gallagher, Kathleen A. (Pennsylvania)

Giancola, Russell David (Pennsylvania)

Gordon, Philip M. (Virginia)

Gore, John M. (District of Columbia)

Kotula, Kathleen Marie (Pennsylvania)

Leinhard, Jonathan Philip (Virginia)

Limburg, Richard P. (Pennsylvania)

Shapiro, Mathieu Jode (Pennsylvania)

Tabas, Lawrence J. (Pennsylvania)

Torchinsky, Jason Brett (Virginia)

Wallen, Zachary Michael (Pennsylvania)

Winklosky, Devin Arlie (Pennsylvania)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Petition for Review

Pennsylvania state supreme court

April 27, 2020 Complaint

Petitioners' Application for Special Relief in the Nature of a Preliminary Injunction

Pennsylvania state supreme court

May 4, 2020 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Order

Pennsylvania state supreme court

234 A.3d 390

May 15, 2020 Order/Opinion

Resources

Title Description External URL

Disability Rights Penn. v. Boockvar

COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker

Disability Rights Pennsylvania; SeniorLAW Center; Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc. (SEAMAAC); Suzanne Erb; The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia (Petitioners), ch… Sept. 5, 2020 https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=112

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Pennsylvania

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Special Collection(s):

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Healthy Elections COVID litigation tracker

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2020

Case Ongoing: Yes