NJ must use new ballot design instead of traditional county line in June Democratic primary: Court

A federal appeals court ruled in favor of trashing the “county line” for the New Jersey Democratic primaries in June.

The ruling from a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit on Wednesday upheld a district court’s preliminary injunction, blocking the controversial format that lists candidates endorsed by the county party on the top row or column of a ballot while placing other candidates farther down.

“In sum, we will affirm the District Court’s order granting the preliminary injunction because its findings of fact are substantiated, its conclusions of law are sound, and its ultimate decision granting the injunction presents no abuse of discretion,” the ruling from the appeals court said.

Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ), who has spearheaded the push to do away with the “county-line” ballot, celebrated the court’s ruling as a
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