Federal judge rejects Morristown councilwoman’s challenge to New Jersey primary system
August 19, 2014 by
|Community Activist Tia Williams talking to voters in Jersey City|
“The Supreme Court has drawn an important distinction between casting a ballot in a general election, which implies the ‘fundamental’ right to vote, and nominating a candidate for general election, which does not,” wrote Judge Chesler, granting New Jersey Secretary of State Kim Guadagno’s motion to dismiss the case.
Harry Kresky, one of the lawyers representing Feldman and eight other plaintiffs, said they are weighing an appeal.
|Harry Kresky, Councel for independentvoting.org|
|Morristown NJ Council President Rebecca Feldman |
Photo by Kevin Coughlin
“This is only the first round,” said Feldman, an Independent on the town council, in a statement. “The other plaintiffs and I never thought it would be easy to get beyond the hold the major parties have on our election system.”
Go to independenvoting.org for more information about the national movement for a fair and open -- and nonpartisan -- primary election system.
A tip -- you can read more from Harry Kresky about our current constitutional crisis here.