In the Courts

Learn about the legal efforts shaping the fight to protect voting rights.
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New Jersey

New Jersey
New Jersey

2019-2020 Election Cycle

New Jersey Vote by Mail Intervention

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Murphy

Lawsuit filed by the Trump Campaign, RNC and New Jersey Republican State Committee against New Jersey challenging the state’s plan to run a primarily vote-by-mail election in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The DCCC intervened in the case to protect the expansion of mail voting. The court denied the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction and granted the DCCC’s motion to dismiss the case, finding that the plaintiffs’ claims of “vote dilution” were speculative and they lacked standing to bring the case.

Impact

New Jersey Recall

Committee to Recall Robert Menendez from the Office of U.S. Senator v. Wells

Lawsuit seeking to recall Senator Robert Menendez under New Jersey’s Uniform Recall Election Law. The court found that the U.S. Constitution does not give states the power to recall U.S. Senators.

Impact

New Jersey Senate Stay

Forrester v. New Jersey Democratic Party, Inc.

Lawsuit filed by Republican U.S. Senate candidate challenging the replacement of the Democratic candidate on the ballot. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that new Democratic candidate could remain on the ballot, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied the emergency application for a stay.

Impact

New Jersey VBM Application

Childs v. McGettigan

Lawsuit filed on behalf of an individual voter and General Majority PAC challenging the New Jersey Clerk’s refusal to accept vote-by-mail ballot applications when the assistor portion of the form was incomplete. The New Jersey Superior Court found that the applications with incomplete assistor sections were valid and ordered the Clerk to not reject vote-by-mail applications simply because that section was not filled out.