NJ.com: Give Edge to Independent Candidates in N.J. Ballot Position Battle: Editorial

(The following was originally published in NJ.com.)

Although county clerks may tear their hair out, it’s possible that this fall’s ballot will look different from the normal one.

A court battle is continuing over whether the two major parties should get their usual “Column 1 and Column 2” that give Democrats and Republicans a big advantage over every third-party or non-affiliated candidate who wants your vote Nov. 4.

Independent candidates say that the preferential treatment should vanish this year. They’ve got a pretty good case and, according to Ballot Access News, they’ll get totell it to a judge on Sept. 10. In a lawsuit against Secretary of State/Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno, the “I’s” claim that turnout in the June party primaries was so low that it did not meet a threshold for the normal “Big Party” advantage.

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