New Jersey Independent Congressional Candidate Not Allowed to Pursue Ballot Access Lawsuit Without Paying $3,500 for Transcript

Ed Forchion, an independent candidate for U.S. House in New Jersey’s 3rd district, was ruled off the ballot after his petition was challenged. He needed 100 valid signatures. He submitted 200. But his petition was challenged, and election administrators determined that he had only 99 valid signatures. He appealed to Superior Court in June, but was told that he must go to the State Appeals Court.

However, the State Appeals Court won’t hear his case unless he pays $3,500 for a transcript of the proceedings before election officials. See this story.

Forchion says that he should be on the ballot because: (1) he does have 100 valid signatures; (2) if he doesn’t, it is because election officials gave him a map of the district that had errors in it; (3) regardless of all that, the law says challenges are due four days after the petition is submitted, but the Democratic Party official who challenged his petition didn’t object until six days; (4) furthermore the challenge was faxed, and that is not a permissible means for a challenge to be filed.


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  1. This is a good example of how statists achieve their ends: just because you’re right doesn’t mean that you aren’t wrong.

  2. What is the basis for your claim that election officials gave him an erroneous map of the congressional district?

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  4. There was a story where he said that some people had used the name of the community (Roebling) where they lived, rather than the township (Florence) which also includes a community named Florence.

    It is quite possible that someone who lived in Roebling would be quite clear that they didn’t live in Florence, even though they did.

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