Democrat Rep Sues Pennsylvania County For Not Certifying Election

Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Matt Cartwright has sued the elections board of Luzerne County, an area that he partially represents, the body did not certify midterm elections because of paper shortages at polling locations. 

  • Cartwright filed the lawsuit Tuesday, arguing that the county was required under state law to certify elections during a meeting the previous day.
  • The county board’s two Republican members on Monday voted against certifying the vote, while two Democrats voted in favor and one abstained.
  • “To certify an election, it’s an attestation that we are witnessing the election process and can say that the process was carried out properly and successfully,” GOP board member Alyssa Fusaro said at the meeting.
  • Fusaro cited a paper shortage, printing problems and a lack of voter privacy as reasons why she voted against certification.


The lawsuit states that “boards must certify the result of election returns regardless of any error or fraud that is discovered during the count or certification process.”

Cartwright represents parts of Luzerne County, which he lost by 2 percentage points while still narrowly winning reelection in the district.