Voting chief fires back against bid to derail ballot measure

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s top elections official is defending the language of a constitutional amendment ballot question and urging a state court to deny a request to stop it.

Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar filed a response Wednesday to a lawsuit filed last week by the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters that asks for an injunction against the proposed victims’ rights amendment.

Boockvar says the amendment doesn’t improperly combine what are really several different amendments, as the plaintiffs have argued.

She notes state government has spent more than $2 million preparing the question for the Nov. 5 vote.

Commonwealth Court on Wednesday scheduled an Oct. 23 hearing in Harrisburg on the preliminary injunction request.

The ballot question would enshrine victims’ rights in the state constitution.

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