ACLU sues over Pa.’s tight absentee-ballot deadlines

November 13, 2018

These 365 absentee ballots from Philadelphia voters arrived after the deadline for the 2016 election and were not counted. The ACLU of Pennsylvania is challenging the state’s absentee ballot deadlines in a new lawsuit.

By Staff

A new lawsuit challenges Pennsylvania’s absentee ballot deadlines, saying the window between the last day to request a ballot and the deadline to return it is so short that voters cannot vote even though they follow the law.

That makes the law unconstitutional, the ACLU of Pennsylvania argues on behalf of nine voters in the suit, because it breaches the state constitution’s guarantee that elections “shall be free and equal.” They also argue it violates the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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