The Thomas More Society made an announcement Friday afternoon about ruling to segregate ballots in the state of Pennsylvania, after refusing to do so, and disobeying court orders to do so.
According to their website, Thomas More Society is a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Based in Chicago, the Thomas More Society defends and fosters support for these causes by providing high-quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
In response to an order from Judge P. Kevin Brobson of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, the following statements were issued on behalf of the plaintiffs in case 600 M.D. 2020.
Phillip D. Kline, Director of the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society:
“Today, a Commonwealth Court Judge issued a statewide order calling into question whether thousands or tens of thousands of ballots are being handled properly and fairly. The order requires the Secretary of the Commonwealth to notify each County Boards of Election to set aside those ballots so they can be lawfully reviewed to ensure that this election was properly managed. Following Judge Brobson’s wise and lawful decision, we must now allow the time it takes to ensure that the process worked and that the law was properly applied in this election.”
Thomas W. King III of Dillon McCandless King Coulter & Graham L.L.P.:
“We commend Judge Brobson and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania for this order to Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, requiring legally-cast ballots received by Election Day to be segregated from provisional ballots statewide.
This will allow the proper and lawful counting of ballots across the Commonwealth to be conducted for up to 16 days. Judge Brobson’s order is a victory for the voters of Pennsylvania who are rightfully demanding that ballots be properly segregated so they can be counted by non-partisan officials under the watchful eye of both political parties and their election attorneys.
While Secretary Boockvar has been resistant to comply with voting laws in this election, we fully expect her to comply with this order from the Court.”
GET TO KNOW BOOCKVAR
According to her website, Kathy Boockvar has served as Secretary of the Commonwealth since January 5, 2019. In this role, Boockvar leads the Pennsylvania Department of State.
The mission of the Department is to promote the integrity of the electoral process, to support economic development through corporate filings and transactions, and to protect the health and safety of the public through professional licensure. The department upholds the highest standards of ethics and competence in the areas of elections, campaign finance, notarization, professional and occupational licensure, charitable solicitation, and professional boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts.
Boockvar is an attorney with an extensive background in public interest law and policy, election administration, and nonprofit healthcare administration, and has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she served as senior adviser to the governor on election modernization, leading and managing initiatives to improve security and technology in Pennsylvania’s elections and voting systems, in collaboration with federal, state, and county officials.
Prior to joining the Department of State in 2018, Boockvar served as executive director of Lifecycle WomanCare, one of the oldest continually operating birth centers in the U.S. She led and oversaw operations, management, and policies of the nonprofit women’s healthcare organization, established and strengthened key partnerships with physicians, hospitals, and other organizations and professionals, and expanded services and programs.
Boockvar previously served as chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Auditor General, overseeing legal and interagency matters, and served as the Auditor General’s designee on the Board of Commissioners of the Delaware River Port Authority.
For many years, Boockvar worked as a poll worker and as a voting-rights attorney, gaining extensive knowledge of and experience with state and federal election laws and regulations, as well as local and county-level practices and procedures in Pennsylvania.