MBK in the Center of the Ring in Pennsylvania’s 2020 Election Law Fights

Myers, Brier & Kelly, LLP serves as co-counsel for Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar in a trio of cases relating to implementation of new provisions in the Election Code concerning mail-in voting. In the first case, Pa. Democratic Party v. Boockvar, No. 133 MM 2020, 2020 WL 5554644 (Pa. Sept. 17, 2020), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted Secretary Boockvar’s application to exercise extraordinary jurisdiction and resolved various statutory interpretation disputes. Among other things, the decision in Pa. Democratic Party v. Boockvar cleared the way for county election boards in Pennsylvania to utilize drop boxes and satellite offices to receive absentee and mail-in ballots. In the second case, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Boockvar, No. 2:20-CV-966, 2020 WL 5997680 (W.D. Pa. Oct. 10, 2020), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania granted Secretary Boockvar’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the Trump campaign’s constitutional challenges to Pennsylvania’s absentee and mail-in voting procedures, finding that the Trump campaign’s broad claims of voter fraud and vote dilution were speculative and non-concrete. The third case, In re: November 3, 2020 General Election, No. 149 MM 2020 (Pa. filed Oct. 4, 2020), remains pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and involves a request under the Court’s King’s Bench power to declare the proper construction of the Election Code relating to voter signatures on mail-in and absentee ballots.

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Pa. Justices To Weigh If Signatures Alone Can DQ Votes, Law360

Trump Campaign Loses Challenge To Pa. Voting Rules, Law360