In the lawsuit Trump for President v. Boockvar, President Trump’s campaign sued the commonwealth and all 67 counties and is challenging several election administration practices, including the use of drop boxes for voters who vote by mail, which some counties used during Pennsylvania’s primary election in June. The ACLU of Pennsylvania is co-counsel representing three organizations and three individual voters who seek to intervene in the case, meaning that they will be parties to the lawsuit in arguing against the Trump campaign’s claims. 

ACLU-PA represents the NAACP PA State Conference, Common Cause Pennsylvania, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, and three voters from Allegheny County. Co-counsel on the motion to intervene include the ACLU Voting Rights Project, Public Interest Law Center, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the law firm WilmerHale.

On October 10, 2020, a federal court ruled against the Trump campaign’s bid to remove ballot drop boxes in Pennsylvania. In addition, the court rebuffed the Trump campaign’s effort to require signature matching for mailed ballots or overturn the state’s county-residency requirement for poll watchers; and declined to permit campaign poll watchers at drop boxes.  


Witold Walczak of the ACLU of Pennsylvania; Sarah Brannon and Adriel I. Cepeda Derieux of the ACLU; Ezra Rosenberg and John Powers of Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and Benjamin D. Geffen and Mary M. McKenzie of Public Interest Law Center.

Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

Lori A. Martin, Christopher R. Noyes, Eleanor Davis, Jared Grubow, Jason H. Liss, Samantha K. Picans, and David P. Yin of WilmerHale.

Date filed

July 15, 2020


The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania