New Jersey lawmakers say they are open to changing primary ballot system

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said they are open to rethinking New Jersey’s primary ballot system, which has come under national scrutiny in the past few weeks. 

New Jersey’s ballot system allows county officials to back a candidate ahead of the statewide primary, placing them on the “county line.” Studies show candidates placed on the line have a much higher chance of winning, up to a 38-point advantage compared to non-party-backed candidates who are placed in “ballot Siberia.”

The statement does not provide a time frame or a concrete plan of how the ballot design will be changed, only that they are committed to beginning the process of redesign. They said they will look at other state’s ballots and get public input in the process. 

“We are committed to beginning a public process on ballot design in New Jersey, including a
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