RFK Jr. Banned From The Ballot?

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(PartiallyPolitics.com) – In a suit, Democratic election lawyer Scott Salmon argued that independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was not eligible to be on the New Jersey ballot. This statement was made as Kennedy was struggling to gain ballot access in all 50 U.S. states. 

On Tuesday, Salmon argued that the independent candidacy was in violation of the “sore loser law” in New Jersey which blocks access to a candidate who had originally tried to win a party nomination but had then opted to file a bid independently. 

Originally, Kennedy entered the presidential race with the Democratic party, but last October he switched to an independent bid before the start of the primary elections. In the suit, Salmon argued that this law has been repeatedly upheld by New Jersey courts and that in recent years it precluded individuals from joining the race as independents when they had not been on the primary ballot. 

Salmon pointed out that Kennedy had originally launched his campaign as a Democrat, and had fundraised more than $350,000 in New Jersey, which was sufficient for him to be qualified under this law.

In a post on social media, Salmon pointed out that it was Biden who had received the nomination and not Kennedy, which he would describe as “pretty unsuccessful.” He added that this was fairly simple and that was all that was left in this case. He added that he had unsuccessfully sought the nomination. 

This is not the first such challenge that Salmon has brought forward. He was previously successful in leading the efforts to block Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, from the 2020 New Jersey presidential ballot over challenges relating to the petition process. He has also been part of a number of suits that are going to bar the local candidates from the electoral process violations. 

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