The Law Center uses legal strategies that enhance the integrity of elections by protecting every citizen’s right to vote, promoting a more engaged and informed electorate, and ensuring that every vote is counted as cast. Through policy research, education, advocacy and litigation, the Law Center works to empower Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens and to ensure that elections truly reflect the will of all the people.
Pennsylvania’s election system is broken. Though all citizens of age have the right to vote, many still face obstacles that prevent them from exercising that right – particularly those in low-income communities, people with disabilities, and racial and ethnic minorities. Overcrowded and inaccessible polling places, discriminatory photo ID requirements, limited polling hours, deceptive marketing practices, and rampant gerrymandering have violated this fundamental right and caused many citizens to turn to apathy instead of action.
The Law Center provides the legal capacity and sustained leadership needed to secure legislative, regulatory and administrative changes in Pennsylvania’s election administration. We mobilize peer organizations from across the state that have lobbying and grass roots outreach capacities to implement reform strategies. By cultivating pro bono programs and capitalizing on our legal expertise we work to develop effective policies that transform the right to vote into a tool of self-empowerment for all individuals.
In addition to our proactive coalition work, we continue to litigate on behalf of communities that experience discrimination and disenfranchisement. Our voting rights work began in 2006 with the filing of a lawsuit against the Commonwealth challenging the certification and use of electronic voting machines. Since then we have represented clients in cases ranging from illegal redistricting to large-scale voting rights violations.