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NJ primary election

Challengers win right to fight ‘party line’ ballots

In primary elections, some candidates are grouped in a horizontal or vertical line by their county party, such as the Camden County Democrat Committee or Democrats for Change. This is called a “county line” or “party line.” Nineteen out of the state’s 21 counties use...

Biggest winner in NJ primary? The power of the party bosses

“This is now year 12 that New Jersey has not had an incumbent on the line lose in the Legislature,” said Julia Sass Rubin, a Rutgers professor who last year wrote a report on the party line ballot structure in most New Jersey counties and how it differs...

Lawsuit against ‘the line’ gains more allies

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...

Lining up to fight the party line

NJ’s party bosses control the primary ballots, giving their preferred candidates the top spot. Advocates, candidates and now lawmakers want that changed. Julia Sass Rubin, a professor at Rutgers University who researches New Jersey’s electoral system, has found that...

Addressing voter turnout in Black and brown communities

Some advocates say systemic issues can prevent NJ residents, especially in Black and Brown communities, from exercising their right to vote. Professor Julia Sass Rubin's research showing New Jersey is the only state with the line is discussed. NJ Spotlight News, May...

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