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Active Cases

Pennsylvania Redistricting Challenge

Carter v. Degraffenreid

Lawsuit brought by individual voters challenging Pennsylvania’s congressional district map following the release of 2020 census data. Petitioners asked the Court to declare Pennsylvania’s current congressional district map unconstitutional and implement a new map that adheres to the constitutional requirement of one-person, one-vote.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Allegheny Certification Challenge

Ziccarelli v. Allegheny County Board of Elections

Lawsuit filed by candidate for state senate seeking to block Allegheny county from including undated ballots in certification.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Pennsylvania Presidential Elector Challenge

Pirkle v. Wolf

Lawsuit filed by voters in Pennsylvania claiming election officials included illegal Presidential Elector results. The challenge seeks to to stop the certification of presidential election results from certain counties.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Pennsylvania Democratic Counties Challenge

Trump v. Boockvar

Trump Campaign lawsuit filed against Democratic counties in Pennsylvania. The suit challenges the results of the election and asks the court to prohibit the certification of results.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Pennsylvania Northampton County Ballots

In re: Motion for Injunctive Relief of Northampton County Republican Committee

Lawsuit filed by Northampton County Republican Committee attempting to stop the county board of elections from disclosing the identity of canceled ballots.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Philadelphia County Board of Elections Vote Counting

Donald J. Trump for President Inc. v. Philadelphia County Board of Elections

Lawsuit brought by the Trump Campaign seeking to stop the Philadelphia County Board of Elections from counting ballots until Republican observers are present.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Pennsylvania Trump Missing ID

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Boockvar

Lawsuit brought by the Trump Campaign attempting to prohibit voters from providing proof of missing identification.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Pennsylvania Provisional Ballot Challenge

Hamm v. Boockvar

Election Day Republican lawsuit seeking to block voters whose mail-in ballots were rejected from casting provisional ballots.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Pennsylvania Bucks County Pre-Canvass

In re: Pre-Canvass

Lawsuit filed by the Trump Campaign petitioning the release of voter identification information during the pre-canvass.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Philadelphia Mail Ballot Intervention

Woodruff v. Philadelphia County Board of Elections

On behalf of the Philadelphia City Democratic Committee, we intervened in a case brought by the right-wing Public Interest Legal Foundation that sought to invalidate some Philadelphia mail ballots.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Pennsylvania Poll Watcher Intervention

Parnell v. Allegheny County Board of Elections

On behalf of DCCC and Representative Lamb (PA-17) we filed to intervene as defendants against a Republican lawsuit attempting to allow poll watching at satellite early voting sites. The Republicans also asked to challenge an additional 28,000 ballots without any basis to question their eligibility.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Pennsylvania King’s Bench Petition

In re November 3, 2020 General Election

Joined the Secretary of State’s petition to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court asking the court to rule on the Republicans’ efforts to add a new signature match law to the state’s Election Code.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Pennsylvania Vote by Mail Intervention

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Boockvar

The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of State and all county boards of elections in Pennsylvania. The lawsuit seeks to stop counties from allowing voters to submit ballots in drop boxes and counting absentee ballots that are not in a secrecy envelope or that have markings revealing the voter’s identity, political affiliation or candidate preference. Their lawsuit also seeks to permit poll watchers in all polling locations regardless of their county of residence. On behalf of Priorities USA and the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans, we intervened and filed a motion to dismiss the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Pennsylvania Four Pillars

Crossey v. Boockvar

We sued Pennsylvania on behalf of individual voters and the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans to ensure free and fair elections during the unprecedented public health crisis caused by COVID-19. While Pennsylvania recently allowed no-excuse absentee voting, voters will still encounter numerous obstacles when requesting a mail ballot. We challenged Pennsylvania on all four of our vote by mail pillars: prepaid postage, postmark date, community ballot collection and signature matching training and voter notification.