Jul. 05, 2023

HARRISBURG – Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland) joins colleagues in continued pursuit of an appeal to strike down the entirety of Act 77 of 2019 based on provisions that deem part of the law in violation of the Civil Rights Act.

Act 77 was passed in 2019 to allow no-excuse, mail-in voting in the Commonwealth along with other provisions.

Gleim joined 13 of her colleagues in filing a petition with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to have Act 77 struck down due to its non-severability provisions. Non-severability means the law either stands or fails as a whole, so if a particular aspect of the bill is found to be unconstitutional or illegal and struck down by the courts, the entire law is deemed invalid.

Gleim said the main problem with the law comes from the court’s previous ruling on Act 77 that the dating provisions for mail-in ballots violate the Civil Rights Act and, therefore, could not be enforced by refusing to count undated mail-in ballots.

“Because a part of the law was deemed to be in violation of our civil rights by the courts, then the entire law should be invalid,” said Gleim. “Yet, the courts are continuing to allow the law to stand.

“On June 27, the Commonwealth Court rendered its decision by denying our petition. As a result, we will move to file our petition with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,” asserted Gleim.

Representative Barbara Gleim
199th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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