Joshua Voss, a partner in Kleinbard’s Litigation Department, was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquireron the latest updates in the election dispute in Lehigh County regarding the validity of undated declaration mail-in ballots from 2021. Recently, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled declarations missing the date should be counted in the 2021 election for Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas judge. Kleinbard represents candidate David Ritter, who opposed counting the undated declaration ballots and filed an application to stay the appellate order with the US Supreme Court, arguing Pennsylvania and Federal law requires voters to sign and date a declaration with their mail-in ballot. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito initially granted a temporary stay of the decision while the high court further considered the stay request. Later, the full Court lifted the order, but three justices noted they were eager to hear the merits of the case. For now, the lifting of the stay means the ballots can be counted in the Lehigh County race.
Joshua Voss, said in a statement he looked forward to presenting his full argument to the court in “the immediate future.”
“While we are disappointed that a continued stay was not granted, we are encouraged that at least three justices have been persuaded that these issues are far from certain or resolved,” Voss said.
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