(UnitedVoice.com) – A New Jersey judge ordered a new election in a race that President Trump railed against as an example of mail-in voting fraud. The judge’s decision came weeks after the Attorney General brought charges against four individuals, including the winner.
Alex Mendez (D) won the May 12, 2020, special election for the Third Ward city council seat in Paterson, New Jersey. However, the results of that election were called into question after postal authorities found hundreds of ballots bundled together in mailboxes in Paterson and nearby Haledon.
That discovery prompted investigations by postal authorities and law enforcement officials. On June 25, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (D) announced criminal charges against Councilman-elect Mendez, Councilman Michael Jackson (D), and two other individuals.
The County Board of Elections eventually tossed out nearly 20% of the ballots cast in the election. And on August 19, Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela (D) invalidated the May 12 election and ordered a new one to be conducted “in conjunction with” the November General Election.
President Trump Steps Into the Fray
President Trump remarked the incident in a June 28 tweet stating that “Absentee Ballots are fine,” but that mail-in voting is corrupt. “Look at Special Election in Patterson, N.J. 19% of Ballots a FRAUD!” he posted.
Absentee Ballots are fine. A person has to go through a process to get and use them. Mail-In Voting, on the other hand, will lead to the most corrupt Election is USA history. Bad things happen with Mail-Ins. Just look at Special Election in Patterson, N.J. 19% of Ballots a FRAUD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2020
Additionally, the President’s reelection campaign filed a lawsuit against New Jersey on August 18 to block the state’s effort to conduct the November General Election using mostly mail-in ballots.
Citing the success of the state’s July election, Democratic Governor Phillip Murphy announced on August 14 that all 6.3 million of the state’s voters would receive ballots that they could mail in or drop off at secure locations.
“Making it easier to vote does not favor any one political party,” Gov. Murphy stated. The Trump campaign’s lawsuit disputed that claim, saying that “By ordering universal vote-by-mail, [Gov. Murphy] has created a recipe for disaster.”
Whatever the outcome of that case, the controversy surrounding mail-in voting continues to ignite debate, and President Trump vows to fight back.
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