State of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Luzerne County 2022 Election Administration Challenge

French v. County of Luzerne

Lawsuit filed by two Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, voters against Luzerne County and its election officials alleging that voters were “disenfranchised” during the Nov. 8, 2022, midterm elections as a result of the defendants’ “misadministration of the election” in at least “40 election districts.” The plaintiffs argue that the “[a]dministration of the 2022 General Election in Luzerne County was a catastrophic failure” since polling places “lacked paper ballots…making it impossible for them to vote.”

The plaintiffs further argue that the defendants “failed to supply a significant number of polling places with the required amount of ballot paper and failed to properly train election workers, including their acting director on how to properly administer an election under federal, state, and local law.”

The plaintiffs note that they do not “seek to overturn the results of the 2022 General Election,” but rather ask the court to declare that the defendants violated the First and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution by “denying them the right to vote and severely burdening their right to vote in the 2022 General Election.” They also ask the court to order Luzerne County to adopt uniform standards of election administration for all future elections in order “to ensure that every registered and qualified voter in an election district is able to vote without unreasonable delay or hardship” on Election Day.

STATUS: Both parties have filed motions for summary judgment. This case is currently pending in the district court.

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