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Department of State

New Jersey Division of Elections

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

Challenging a Candidate's Petition

Individuals can request copies of a petition by completing an OPRA request.

Page Last Updated: 03/28/22

 

Primary Election

Who Can File a Challenge?

Any individual may file a challenge.

Procedure for Filing a Challenge?

Objections must be based on the statutory requirements in N.J.S.A. Title 19 for petitions.

Objections must specify in detail each individual defect.

Objectors should retain a copy of their challenges.

Objectors must provide the Division with the names, address and contact number of any legal representative, or if not represented, their contact number. The contact number must be a phone where the individual can be reached during and after regular business hours.

Where to File the Challenge?

Objections may be faxed, emailed, or hand delivered to the Division of Elections. The office is located at 20 West State Street, 4th Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608.

Objections can be faxed to: 609-777-1280

Objections can be emailed to: Dawn.Schilling@sos.nj.gov

When Can Someone File a Challenge?

Objections must be made in writing no later than April 8, 2022 at 4 p.m.

After Filing the Challenge – What to Expect?

In all challenges, the objector has the burden of proving that a petition is invalid.

The Division of Elections will provide all parties with a copy of the Challenge.

The Division of Elections will provide the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) with the original petition and the challenge.

The OAL will conduct a hearing on the objection.

Hearings for all Primary Election Challenges will begin on April 11, 2022.

Hearings are being conducted remotely. You will be informed of the specific time and details to particapate.

After the Hearing – What to Expect?

At the conclusion of the hearing, an Initial Decision from OAL will be prepared and provided to the Secretary of State (SOS).

The SOS will then Adopt, Modify or Reject the Initial Decision and prepare a Final Decision.

A copy of the Final Decision will be emailed or faxed to all parties.

The Final Decision is reviewable by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

 

General Election

Who Can File a Challenge?

Any individual may file a challenge.

Procedure for Filing a Challenge?

Objections must be based on the statutory requirements in N.J.S.A. Title 19 for petitions.

Objections must specify in detail each individual defect.

Objectors should retain a copy of their challenges.

Objectors must provide the Division with the names, address and contact number of any legal representative, or if not represented, their contact number. The contact number must be a phone where the individual can be reached during and after regular business hours.

Where to File the Challenge?

Objections may be faxed, emailed, or hand delivered to the Division of Elections. The office is located at 20 West State Street, 4th Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608.

Objections can be faxed to: 609-777-1280

Objections can be emailed to: Dawn.Schilling@sos.nj.gov

When Can Someone File a Challenge?

Objections must be made in writing no later than June 13, 2022 at 4 p.m.

After Filing the Challenge – What to Expect?

In all challenges, the objector has the burden of proving that a petition is invalid.

The Division of Elections will provide all parties with a copy of the Challenge.

The Division of Elections will provide the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) with the original petition and the challenge.

The OAL will conduct a hearing on the objection.

Hearings for all General Election Challenges will begin on June 14, 2022.

Hearings are being conducted remotely. You will be informed of the specific time and details to particapate.

After the Hearing – What to Expect?

At the conclusion of the hearing, an Initial Decision from OAL will be prepared and provided to the Secretary of State (SOS).

The SOS will then Adopt, Modify or Reject the Initial Decision and prepare a Final Decision.

A copy of the Final Decision will be emailed or faxed to all parties.

The Final Decision is reviewable by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

 

 


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