Appeals court upholds ruling killing controversial ballot design in NJ Democratic primary

New Jersey must use office-block ballots in the June Democratic primary after a federal appeals panel said it’s keeping in place a lower court’s preliminary injunction, doing away with the state’s controversial ballot design that sparked a grassroots revolt.

The Wednesday precedential ruling is a win for Rep. Andy Kim, who leads the legal challenge as he seeks to replace indicted Sen. Bob Menendez.

“This movement pushing for fair elections in NJ is powerful and is changing politics in NJ for the better,” Kim wrote in response to the ruling on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Kim and his co-plaintiff’s attorneys called the ruling “monumental.”

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