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In re General Election for Township Council

Decided: December 28, 1990.

IN THE MATTER OF THE GENERAL ELECTION FOR THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL IN THE TOWNSHIP OF LIVINGSTON IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY


Bloom, J.s.c.

Bloom

On November 6, 1990, a general election was held in Livingston to choose three members of the township council. This case concerns an application for an election contest pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:29-1(e), in which petitioner, who lost by five votes, contends that ten absentee ballots were improperly rejected by the Essex County Board of Elections. This court holds that the board properly rejected eight of the ballots for lack of signed certifications on the flaps of the envelope containing said ballots. The application for an election contest is denied for the following reasons.

The three democratic candidates were Edward Sullivan, Eleanor Cohen and Martin Kalishman. The three republican candidates were William Shaunessy, John Michaels and Stanley Weinroth. The total votes were originally certified as follows:

CANDIDATE VOTE TOTAL

Edward Sullivan 4732

Eleanor Cohen 4663

Stanley Weinroth 4622

Martin Kalishman 4616

John Michaels 4405

William Shaunessy 4245

Pursuant to court order dated November 14, 1990, a recount of absentee votes yielded the following modified vote totals:

CANDIDATE VOTE TOTAL

Edward Sullivan ...


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