NEWS & ANALYSIS

Court Finds Pennsylvania Mail-In Voting Law Unconstitutional


The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on Friday found the state’s mail-in voting law unconstitutional. 

As reported by Just the News, the lawsuit was filed by Vice Chairman of the Bradford County  Board of Commissioners Doug McLinko. He argued that he was unable to perform his duties as commissioner and certify the 2020 election because Pennsylvania’s 2019 election reform law is unconstitutional. 

Indeed, in October of 2019, the reform law was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf with support from both parties. It allowed citizens to vote by mail without an excuse, and allocated $90 million to buy new voting machines. 

The act “should have been put on the ballot, and the constitution should have been changed to allow it, like bulk case laws,” McLinko said. 

The law was passed before the global pandemic, but McLinko said he knew it would cause problems. “As soon as they passed it, pre-COVID, I called the [GOP] state chairman,” he recounted. “I said, ‘What the hell did they do?'”

McLinko said 30 election officials across the state stepped down due to the act. “It’s just the way it was handled,” he said. “It was a wreck, and they don’t need it.”

The case is expected to be appealed. McLinko is keeping voters up to date on the case through his website, ballotsecuritynow.org, where they can also donate to help with his legal fees.