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New Jersey Independent Congressional Candidate Ballot Access Lawsuit Update

Edward Forchion, also known as N.J. Weedman, is suing to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate for U.S. House in New Jersey’s Third U.S. House district. According to this story, the Superior Court has ruled that it has no jurisdiction, and that the case can only be settled in the State Appellate Court.

Forchion submitted 200 signatures, and needs 100 valid. The local Democratic Party challenged his petition, and the result was that he was told he only has 99 valid signatures. Forchion makes two points in his lawsuit: (1) the challenge to his petition was filed six days after the petition deadline, whereas the law says plainly that challenges are due four days after the deadline; (2) election officials provided incorrect maps of the district, and if the maps he were given had been correct, he would have enough valid signatures. If he gets on the ballot, his ballot label will be “Legalize Marijuana.”

3 Responses

  1. Demo Rep

    Hmmm. Another case of –

    WHATEVER bureaucrats say or do is legally worthless.

    Sue for $$$ damages to bankrupt the morons.

  2. Jim Riley

    Where does this come from?

    “election officials provided incorrect maps of the district, and if the maps he were given had been correct, he would have enough valid signatures.”

    • Frederick John LaVergne

      No, JIM – He HAD the CORRECT maps. The Division of Elections removed signatures from his petition that were from THEIR INCORRECT MAPS.

      A cursory review added 10 voters back in my review of the petitions as his OPPONENT.

      The challenge was OUT OF TIME – Four days is not equal to SIX days – and several of the excluded signatures were, in fact, valid.

      Robert has been procedurally/financially blocked because his introduction of the argument of the wrongful disqualifications MADE THE CASE AN APPELLATE Case…had he stuck to FOUR is not SIX, he would already be back on the ballot. I KNOW. I sued alongside him – even though he is my opponent – because what’s right is right. If you have 8 minutes, go to YOUTUBE and view me handing the Democrat Candidate’s Counsel his ASS on this….search “I can’t abide a bully”.

      Frederick John LaVergne, “Democratic-Republican” for Congress, NJ CD3

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