Resource: League of Women Voters of Penn. v. Boockvar

By: Healthy Elections Project

September 16, 2020

Healthy Elections Project

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.