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League of Women Voters files motion to intervene in new voter purge case


The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania filed a motion Monday, to intervene in support of defendants in Judicial Watch v. Boockvar, et al., a case that seeks to forcibly purge tens of thousands of voters in the Philadelphia area.

The proposed purge is based on unverified data that these voters are deceased, according to the League.

“The data proposed by this challenge is unverified and deliberately targets senior voters and black voters,” said Terrie Griffin, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.

“This is just another attempt by an outside group to parachute in to disenfranchise Pennsylvania voters. In a presidential election year, during a global pandemic, our election officials should be focused on securing and safely administering our elections. Instead, they are forced to deal with the distraction of an illegitimate voter roll challenge.”

The case is the second voter purge challenge brought by out-of-state organizations against Pennsylvania election officials. In early March, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and the League of Greater Pittsburgh also filed a motion to intervene in Public Interest Legal Foundation v. David Voye, et al. The case is still pending.

The League of Women Voters is joined by Common Cause Pennsylvania and is represented by American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU Pennsylvania, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and Lawyers’ Committee in this motion.

“The Pennsylvania counties (that) have been sued in this case are already doing their part to clean their voter rolls,” said John Powers, counsel with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “This lawsuit seeks to force these counties to engage in unwarranted and unnecessary purging in advance of the 2020 election. If this litigation succeeds, eligible Pennsylvania voters will be purged from the rolls and disenfranchised.”