New Jersey Hills: Suit To Overturn Primary System

The legal challenge is being underwritten by a coalition of nonprofit organizations called that seeks to open elections to more voters nationwide and end political gridlock.

They seek to overturn New Jersey primaries claiming they are unconstitutional because they exclude nearly half the state’s voters, who, though they may be Independent, must pick either Republican or Democrats to vote in a primary.

hey argue most legislative districts have been drawn up as safe for either of the two parties, meaning the only competition is in the primary, which selects Republican and Democratic candidates. As an Independent, Feldman did not run in either primary.

The suit claims the voting procedure violates citizens’ fundamental right under the 14th Amendment to an equal and meaningful vote, regardless of party affiliation.

The plaintiffs said the current laws make them “disenfranchised.” …

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