The PA Supreme Court has thrown out one of two lawsuits filed to extend the deadline for returning absentee and vote-by-mail ballots

Written by on May 18, 2020

The PA Supreme Court has thrown out one of two lawsuits filed to extend the deadline for returning absentee and vote-by-mail ballots

Emily Previti, PA Post

May 18, 2020

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has thrown out one of two lawsuits filed to extend the deadline for returning absentee and vote-by-mail ballots.

The Public Interest Law Center had sued the Department of State on behalf of advocacy groups including Disability Rights Pennsylvania and SeniorLAW.

They argued that differences in mail delivery and county elections office processing mean the time it takes ballots to reach voters and return to counties … varies widely across the commonwealth, potentially disenfranchising voters. Justices basically concluded attorneys hadn’t demonstrated any voters had been disenfranchised under the current rules and dismissed the case with prejudice Friday. A similar case is still pending. 

So, for now, mailed ballots still must be received by county elections offices by 8 p.m. on primary election day, June 2.

Learn more about mail in ballots for PA HERE.


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