logo

Many perspectives, 1 simple etiquette

NJ Plaintiffs to Attorney General: Voting Rights Are Nonpartisan

image
Created: 13 August, 2014
Updated: 15 October, 2022
1 min read

(Newark, N.J.) -- In July, New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman filed a response in federal court on behalf of the state of New Jersey (including Governor Chris Christie and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno) to an opposition to the state's motion to dismiss a lawsuit defending the rights of voters. The lawsuit asserts that all voters have a fundamental right to equal and meaningful access to all integral stages of the electoral process.

In its response, the state argues that if voters want full participation in the voting process, they should join a political party.

On Tuesday, August 12, the plaintiffs filed a surreply to this argument, pointing out that the state is confusing the real issue at hand "by suggesting that there is an irreconcilable conflict between the individual right to cast a meaningful vote and the right of the Democratic and Republican parties to operate as private organizations."

The plaintiffs argue that, "undamental rights are, by nature, nonpartisan. More plainly, Defendant’s position on the fundamental nature of our electoral system is one that this Court, the State of New Jersey, and every voter in New Jersey should flatly reject: that our rights within the democratic process may be conditioned on membership in one of two private organizations which almost half of all voters have chosen not to associate with."

Read the plaintiffs' surreply:

To read all filings to date, go here.

Photo Source: AP

Read more

fair maps
Gerrymandering Reform: Are We Asking the Wrong Question?
Photo Credit:  ...
01 March, 2024
-
7 min read
joined hands
10 Reasons Why Americans Are Not as Divided as You Think
Photo by on  Party leaders, politicians, and media pundits and talking heads would have US voters b...
28 February, 2024
-
7 min read
people
LetUsVote: New Campaign Launches to End Discrimination Against Independent Voters
Open Primaries, in partnership with Unite America, announced the launch of LetUsVote Wednesday, a nationwide initiative that aims to mobilize and empower independent voters, who make up the largest voting bloc in the US but are treated like second-class voters....
27 February, 2024
-
4 min read
voting
For Good or Bad, Primary Changes May Be Coming to Elections Near You
Photo Credit:  The last couple of years have seen an increase in states looking to change their prim...
26 February, 2024
-
4 min read
voted
The Primary Problem: Only 8% of Voters Elect 83% of Our Representatives
In his latest podcast, former Democratic presidential candidate and Forward Party Co-Founder Andrew ...
26 February, 2024
-
3 min read
Weber
Blame This One on Secretary of State Weber
Eight years ago, there was a competition still in play between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton wh...
26 February, 2024
-
4 min read