Amistad Project: Pennsylvania Lawsuit Filed Against Alleged Late Illegal Ballot Manipulations

Against Alleged Late Illegal Ballot Manipulations 

Last Minute Actions by Counties and Secretary of State  

Allegedly Violates Law and Disenfranchises Voters 

Amherst, Virginia/November 4, 2020 – Several large counties in Pennsylvania have been allegedly removing flawed mail-in ballots that would otherwise be disqualified and providing them to campaign workers and volunteers so that voters can be contacted to correct ballots. This is an apparent violation of Pennsylvania law. Once ballots are received, they are to be set aside for election review until the election is complete. 

On Monday evening, November 2 at 8:38 p.m., Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar authorized all Pennsylvania counties to be able to return erroneous ballots. This action allegedly violates Section 3146.8 of the Pennsylvania Election Code. Furthermore, it is impractical as other counties, especially smaller and rural ones, did not have sufficient notice to make efforts to correct flawed ballots. There are potentially 10,000 or more flawed ballots which have been corrected and returned.  

Phill Kline, Director of The Amistad Project, which is supporting the litigation said, “These series of disturbing actions disenfranchise all Pennsylvanians who voted properly and especially those in counties which followed the rules and did not adopt this illegal practice. All voters and their votes should be treated fairly and equally.” 

The Amistad Project, a project to preserve civil liberties, is an initiative of The Thomas Society, a not-for-profit national public interest law firm. For additional information visit