By Caitlin Conant, CBS News | September 2, 2020
A new lawsuit filed today in Pennsylvania state court asks for voters to be able to obtain a mail-in ballot digitally if it doesn't arrive in time for the election, reports CBS News campaign reporter Zak Hudak. The Fair Elections Center and Hogan Lovells are representing a voter who requested a mail-in ballot, never received it, and didn't vote in the state's primary.
A federal judge in another Pennsylvania case has issued an order allowing blind voters to access ballots online, and the state currently allows military and overseas voters to access a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot online. This new Commonwealth Court suit comes after the Post Office warned Pennsylvania and other states that it couldn't meet the ballot delivery and return timetables in place for the election. It argues that voters not getting ballots in a timely manner violates the state Constitution's Elections Clause and requests the printable digital ballot as a "fail-safe option."
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