Delco judge rules mobile voter services event can go on as planned

By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Delaware County’s mobile voter services event, which starts Friday morning at the Philadelphia Union’s soccer stadium in Chester city, can go on as planned after a judge shot down a request to have it shut it down.

Lawyers representing a group of Delaware County voters argued the county did not properly advertise the meeting where the board of elections voted on the plan to hold the pop-up voter services at the soccer stadium in Chester, which they say is a violation of sunshine laws.

But Delaware County Solicitor William Martin said there was discussion at two different public meetings in September and plenty of opportunity for public comment.

Martin lashed out at the Republican Party, accusing right wing interests of funding court challenges, which he claims would limit the ability of county residents to vote.

“This county has been sued six different times within the last month in a series of specious groundless lawsuits. And every one is designed to keep people from voting,” he said.

But attorney Joel Frank, representing the residents who brought the suit, denies it had anything to do with politics, but was simply about the law.

“For whatever reason, motivation, I’m not going to speculate like Mr. Martin did about some undue forces at play here, they didn’t follow the Sunshine Act, which is required,” Frank said.

But a county judge ruled the event can go on as planned.

The county said they chose the soccer stadium in Chester because it’s outside, large enough to host the mobile voter services event, and they were welcomed by the Philadelphia Union.

The event runs through Sunday and will offer voter registration, mail-in ballot requests, and ballot drop-offs.