Court Decision in Ballot Appeal Imminent

The New Jersey Statehouse and Capitol Building In Trenton

Lawyers for the county clerks submitted their final documents this morning as they seek a stay from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals of a judge’s decision concerning ballot construction in the June Democratic Primary.

From a source close to the case, regarding the stay request filed Monday night:

“Expect a decision at some point today.”

The clerks want the three-judge panel to stay the judge’s ruling to grant U.S. Senate candidate Andy Kim and his allies relief from a ballot design the judge ruled unconstitutional.

Almost to a person, the clerks say they don’t necessarily object to the “line” ballots long in use in New Jersey and tossed by Judge Zahid N. Quraishi. They say they have a problem with the logistics of trying to furnish block ballots on a short runway for an election wherein early voting starts in three weeks.

From one source, who is party to the appeal, speaking on condition of anonymity:

“I wish that judges were required to be versed in what they are making decisions about. The judge is really off base and doesn’t have a clue about what it takes to put an election together. And I pray the legislature gives us a seat at the table when they revamp the law. Not for policy but at least for implementation.”

Imminently, we will know whether the court of appeals agrees with them, or with Quraishi.

Stay tuned.

 

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