The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) are intervening against a Republican lawsuit in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to invalidate Act 77, which provides Pennsylvanians the right to vote by mail.
Since Act 77’s enactment, millions of Pennsylvanians of both parties have cast mail ballots. For example, during the 2020 general election, 2.6 million of the 6.8 million Pennsylvanians who voted did so via mail and absentee ballot.
Republicans’ legal argument uses recent rulings by both federal and state courts that undated mail-in ballots must be counted as a pretext to challenge the entirety of Act 77.
From Christie Roberts, DSCC Executive Director: “In Pennsylvania voting by mail is hugely popular amongst voters of every political party and it was enshrined into law through a bipartisan supermajority. There is no valid reason to restrict this right of Pennsylvanians to easily participate in our democracy, and we will fight back against Republicans’ campaign of voter suppression with every tool at our disposal – including defeating them in court.”
From Tim Persico, DCCC Executive Director: “Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth vote by mail, and their freedom to participate in our democracy should be protected. But Pennsylvania’s MAGA Republicans are hellbent on making it harder for people to vote because they know they’re offering voters a bad deal. Democrats are going to protect the right to vote for all and we’ll defeat this attempt to limit Pennsylvanian’s freedom in court.”
Key points from the motion:
The DSCC previously announced its “Defend The Vote” program, a multi-million dollar commitment to fight back against GOP voter suppression efforts in the U.S. Senate campaigns across the country.