Lawsuit against ‘the line’ gains more allies

June 3, 2021

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is the latest group to sign on to a lawsuit which seeks to end the long-standing tradition of the party line on New Jersey ballots.

Henal Patel of the institute filed an amicus brief on behalf of the League of Women Voters and others. She said the line grants favorable ballot position to candidates hand-picked by party leaders and then grouped together, usually on the first and easiest-to-find column.

David Cruz discusses Julia Sass Rubin’s research about NJ being the only state with the county line and interviews and interviews her about the impact of the line on 2020 primary results.

NJ Spotlight News, June 2, 2021

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