Friday, October 24, 2008
Civil rights and voter rights advocates are suing Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortez over the possibility of long lines at the polls on November 4th. The groups: Voter Action, the Pennsylvania NAACP and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, want to give more voters the option to use paper ballots when voting machines fail. Currently a precinct will switch to paper ballots when all of the voting machines at the site stop working. The coalition wants the state to mandate paper ballots when fifty percent or more of the voting machines break down. John Bonifaz with advocacy group Voter Action says the 100-percent threshold disenfranchises voters who don't have time to wait in long lines. Voter Action, the Pennsylvania NAACP and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia filed the suit.