A judge in New Jersey has ordered a new election concerning a seat on the Paterson City Council, which was originally thought to have been won by a candidate who has now been charged with voter fraud.
State Superior Judge Ernest Caposela handed down his ruling on Wednesday.
Here’s what we know about this situation so far.
Alex Mendez appeared to have won the May 12 special election, but then the U.S. Postal Service’s law enforcement arm informed the state attorney general’s office that hundreds of mail-in ballots were found in a mailbox in Paterson.
The Passaic County Board of Elections decided not to count 800 ballots cast in the race. An additional 2,300 ballots were disqualified after the signatures didn’t match those on file. Of the total votes cast, 19% were rejected. Mendez won the election by fewer than 250 votes.
Mendez, who thought he had won the election, was hit with six criminal charges, including election fraud and falsifying records. Paterson Council Vice President Michael Jackson, Abu Rayzen of Prospect Park and Shelim Khalique of Wayne, were also charged with voter fraud. All four defendants have denied the charges, according to The Hill.
“Today’s charges send a clear message: If you try to tamper with an election in New Jersey, we will find you and we will hold you accountable,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (D) said in a statement in June. “We will not allow a small number of criminals to undermine the public’s confidence in our democratic process.”
The new election is due to be held in November.
Guys, this is precisely why President Trump and many other members of the GOP have been so against the idea of mail-in voting. Imagine this happening on a national scale and then having Biden cheat his way into office?
We cannot afford that as a nation. We must fight to keep in-person voting for November. This cannot be allowed to happen with such an important election.