Independent Voter Project

IVP Files Writ to Supreme Court Challenging Constitutionality of NJ Closed Primaries

A coalition led by the Independent Voter Project (IVP) filed a Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday in a case challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey’s closed primary system.

The coalition, which includes and 7 individual plaintiffs, argues that the current election process in New Jersey gives political parties and their members a decided advantage in the election process at the expense of individual voters, including the 47 percent who choose not to affiliate with either major political party.

“The natural consequence of New Jersey’s election process is […] the institutionalization of minority rule,” the writ says. “Indeed, interest of the Republican and Democratic political parties are so embedded in the State’s establishment that the State of New Jersey finds itself here today defending a system that overtly and unnecessarily protects the private rights of two political organizations at the expense of the voting rights of its own citizens.”

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