Addressing voter turnout in Black and brown communities

Advocates say one of the biggest issues is ‘the voting line’

Some advocates say systemic issues can prevent New Jersey residents, especially in Black and Brown communities, from exercising their right to vote. They say one of the biggest issues is “the voting line” and the way ballots in New Jersey are designed.

Advocates say candidates are grouped by party support instead of by their electoral platform, while challengers are placed elsewhere on the ballot, often leading to incumbents remaining in office. They say this discourages voters from going to the polls and keeps interested candidates of color from seeking election.

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