A New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday that the results of a May special election race must be scrapped after mail-in voting led to rampant voter fraud.
The local election fraud comes as President Donald Trump predicts massive voter fraud and confusion if the Democrats are able to send 51 million ballots throughout the country for the presidential election.
State Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela called for a new election in November to determine who will hold the disputed Paterson City Council seat, Paterson Press reported.
Paterson Council Vice President Michael Jackson and Alex Mendez who seemingly won the race, according to the fraudulent vote totals, have been charged with voter fraud as well as Shelim Khalique, of Wayne, and Abu Rayzen, of Prospect Park.
All four of the suspects have asserted that they are innocent.
Mendez will face Councilman William McKoy, who lost the May 12 special election race by 240 votes.
The election was nullified after law enforcement agents within the USPS informed the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office that they found hundreds of mail-in ballots in a single mailbox in Paterson and many more found in Haledon, a city a few miles away.
The Passaic County Board of Elections disqualified 800 ballots in the election.
Both McKoy and Mendez claimed that their supporters were unable to vote or had their ballots disqualified in the election.
McKoy hired an attorney, who brought an injunction against Mendez to prevent him from taking office. The motion was accepted and Mendez was not sworn in to replace McKoy as Paterson’s Ward 3 councilman.
Mendez and McKoy both said they expect victory in the November election.
The city has been a hotbed for election problems, with more than 3,200 ballots having been disqualified after the May election, though the elections board did not say that voter fraud led it to toss out the ballots.