Challenge to Pennsylvania voter-registration law
Court/Assoc.: U.S. Federal Court; Western District of Pennsylvania
Attorneys/Firms: Witold Walczak & Sara Rose (ACLU-PA); Brian Mellor & Teresa James (Project Vote); Arthur Schwartz (Advocates for Justice & Reform Now of New York City); Claudia Davidson
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and Project Vote filed a lawsuit on July 22, 2009, on behalf of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a community organization comprising more than 20,000 working families in Pennsylvania that utilizes voter-engagement strategies, like voter-registration campaigns, as part of its work to strengthen low- and moderate-income communities. The lawsuit charges that a Pennsylvania law unconstitutionally restricts ACORN's right to conduct voter-registration drives by effectively prohibiting it from using paid canvassers.