Statement of Voting Rights Advocates in Response to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling
HARRISBURG, PA—The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled today that state law allows county bureaus of elections to set up drop boxes and satellite offices to accept mail and absentee ballots.
In a lawsuit brought by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, the court also found that Pennsylvania law requiring all mail and absentee ballots to be delivered to the county elections office by 8 p.m. on Election Day is unconstitutional under the state constitution during the coronavirus pandemic and because of problems documented with the postal service, and that ballots that arrive by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 6, will be counted, provided there is no evidence that the ballots were mailed after Election Day.
The following is one of several reactions to today’s ruling:
Terrie Griffin, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania: “Today’s decision is a huge victory for Pennsylvania voters, especially those who are at high risk of severe illness from the COVID-19 virus. During a deadly global pandemic, voters must be given more safe options for casting their votes, not new barriers that they must navigate to make their voices heard. Today’s ruling protects voters’ health and their right to safe, reliable access to the vote. The League will continue to inform voters of their options for casting their ballots this year, which now includes secure drop boxes.”