Category Archives: New Jersey

New Jersey 2016: Election Watchdog, Lacking Quorum, Has Bark But No Bite

By: Ian Cummings In New Jersey, this year’s state and local elections may forgo monitoring or oversight with any enforcement power if co-branch – and personal – politics between the state’s governor and state legislative leaders continues. The Election Law Enforcement … Continue reading

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Recent New Jersey State Election Law Limits Delivery of Mail-In Ballots by Authorized Individuals

By Briana Cornelius On August 10, 2015, the New Jersey legislature passed a new state election law, Public Law 2015, Chapter 84, which limits the number of “Vote by Mail” ballots that a designated delivery person can pick up and … Continue reading

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All in the Family: New Jersey Closed Primaries Challenged

By Joe Castor: This past August the United States District Court in New Jersey dismissed a complaint brought by voters and independent interest groups to open state primaries and prevent the state from funding closed primaries. The coalition, formed by … Continue reading

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Some Special Interests More Special than Others

By: Joe Castor Which special interests have the most clout in New Jersey? On September 10th, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission released a study of the amount of money in New Jersey elections controlled by special interests. The … Continue reading

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A Very Special Special Election: “Opposite-Day” in New Jersey?

by Beth, Contributor On October 16, some five million New Jersey residents can head to the polls and cast their votes for the senator of their choice. And twenty days later, they can go to the polls again to vote … Continue reading

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The Changing Face of Elections Technology in New Jersey: An Interview with Paula Sollami Covello, County Clerk, Mercer County, New Jersey

by Melanie Walter On October 19, 2012, I had the opportunity to speak with Paula Sollami Covello, the County Clerk in Mercer County, New Jersey. She is responsible for ballots, positioning on the ballots, and Election Day counting of returns. … Continue reading

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“It’s the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen in politics.”

by Aaron C. Carter Whether hyperbole or not, Rep. Bill Pascrell had harsh words for his Democratic primary opponent Rep. Steve Rothman in their June 5, 2012 primary election contest.  After redistricting, New Jersey lost a congressional seat and two … Continue reading

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What’s in a date? Moving school board elections in New Jersey

by David Noll, Staff Writer The way that seemingly innocuous procedural matters can shape the outcomes of elections is quite frightening. This year, New Jersey’s school board elections will showcase this phenomenon. Towns in New Jersey are now allowed to … Continue reading

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Caught with Your Hand in the Cookie Jar? Better Not Bail Yourself Out with Campaign Funds

by Melanie Walter When you write a check to support a candidate’s political campaign, you have a general expectation as to how the money will be spent. You anticipate the candidate using an election account to buy signs, make commercials, … Continue reading

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Update: Nordstrom out, ELEC in, Lyon still unelected (for now)

by Kevin Elliker Charles Dudley Warner wrote, “Politics make strange bedfellows.” When a candidate who violated campaign finance laws is joined in a lawsuit by the agency in charge of enforcing against such violations, politics must be involved. In November, … Continue reading

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