Kim, Campos-Medina, Hamm Jointly Seek Ballot Fairness

Today, Congressman Andy Kim, Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina, and Larry Hamm candidates for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate from New Jersey, sent letters to the County Clerks and Democratic Committee Chairs in the 19 New Jersey counties that use a so-called “county line” ballot, calling on them to utilize an “office block” ballot design for all competitive elections in the June Democratic primary, as is already used by Salem and Sussex counties and all 49 other states in America.

“As Democrats, we cannot accept a ballot system that is inconsistent with our values and directly contradicts our fight to protect and promote democracy and voting rights,” said Kim. “It does not have to be this way. Our County Clerks and our County Democratic Party Chairs have it in their power to call for and provide an office block ballot for the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. We have a chance to show the people of New Jersey and the country that we’re better than the corruption we’ve seen from Senator Menendez; rejecting this ballot system would be an important step.”

“For years I have been calling for the elimination of the county party line because it works to exclude Latinas and women of color from running for office,” said Campos-Medina. “I have already experienced the discriminatory nature of this process during this campaign by being excluded from some counties’ forums and debates. This exclusion is a clear and present danger to our Democracy. And as President Biden is working to increase Black and Latino voter participation in 2024, the county line works to suppress these same voters that are critical to energize the democratic party base in a run-up against Donald Trump.”

“Our elections must be as democratic as possible. Ballots should be designed and structured in a way that does not give any individual candidate a built-in advantage over the others. Failure to do so erodes confidence in our electoral process,” said Hamm.

In the letter to the County Clerks, the candidates reminded the recipients that, “credibility of this primary necessitates your action to ensure that the election is seen as fair for all candidates –  and for all voters – with a ballot that does not give any single candidate a state-conferred advantage by design.” They continued in their letter to the Democratic County Chairs making the case that an “office block” design would be better for the Democratic Party; “At a time when President Biden is running on a platform to protect our democracy, we cannot be seen as taking steps here in New Jersey that are viewed as undemocratic, or worse still, pressure the President to do so. Otherwise, we will severely damage our ability to attract voters, especially unaffiliated and young voters who are weary after the Senator’s indictment.”

They concluded the letter to county party chairs by reiterating a, “previously stated commitment and support for an office block ballot statewide, irrespective of the outcomes of any upcoming county conventions” and asking all other candidates, “to do the same.”

The full letter to the County Clerks can be found by clicking here and the letter to the Democratic County Chairs can be found by clicking here.

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5 responses to “Kim, Campos-Medina, Hamm Jointly Seek Ballot Fairness”

  1. Thank you democratic (small “d”) candidates for taking this principled stand. We need fair ballots in NJ. Democracy in NJ has been dying in smoke-filled rooms at the county-level for decades. Time to change this broken system.

  2. Tammy Snyder has to endorse this proposal and support an open primary. Her refusal to do so makes her totally unfit and unqualified to be the Democratic candidate for US Senate.

  3. First thing we do is get rid of the electronic computer voting machines. The Phillippines, France, Ecuador and Argentina just got rid of theirs, and ended decades of socialist tyranny and oppression in doing so. Then we must stop all ballot stuffing, fake ballots, and counting of ballots weeks afterwards. Everyone MUST have a written, signed ballot and have I.D. to prove who they are. That’s the only way how you will get fair elections.

    We allowed the Democrats to use the computer voting system and allowed endless unsigned, undated, unverified ballots to come in after Election Day (not Election Week or Election Month) was over. Phil Murphy only beat Ciatterelli because of excess ballots that amounted to over 100% of the count that came out of the corrupt Democrat strongholds of Essex and Bergen Counties.

    We allowed the Democrats to install Joe Biden as President, when he was too non compos mentis to even run out of his basement in 2020. Now, look what we have. A decrepit 81-year old man acting as President, who can’t string 2 sentences together, who can’t talk, who falls UP THE STAIRS, falls down in front of the World at the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, and can’t even remember his own son’s death or when he died. And, Biden is 30 feet away from the “NUCLEAR FOOTBALL”!!!!! This is what happens when you allow Democrats to commit election fraud, and get away with it.

  4. I also sent out a press release calling for all Republican county chairs to do the same thing. So far, no response. Same thing, keep making backroom deals to install unqualified puppets.

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