Republican Hirsh Singh is continuing his battle for the nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Cory Booker in November.
Singh has filed for recounts in all 21 New Jersey counties, according to an announcement from his campaign this morning.
The challenger, who trails Rik Mehta by 9,263 votes (2.56%) in the unofficial count on July 27, according to Decision Desk HQ, says that there are 40,000 ballots yet to be reported and that 27,000 ballots have not been counted or have been thrown away.
“This election is replete with disparities, discrepancies, and irregularities,” said Singh, who has been fighting to receive information on the number of basic votes and other pertinent election data from each of New Jersey’s 21 counties since July 7th, the date of the Primary Election.
Singh said so far, judges in four counties have signed orders authorizing recounts to commence while hearings are set to be held in four more counties today.
“Phil Murphy has caused chaos, concern, and confusion that Vladimir Putin and the Chinese Communist Party could only dream of,” Singh said. “Tens of thousands of voters have been disenfranchised as a result of his mandatory vote-by-mail scheme, and he and his cronies in Trenton seem content to normalize these deficiencies and erode our tradition of holding fair, open, and honest elections. Not on my watch.”
In seeking recounts in each of the 21 counties, Singh has cited a multitude of issues:
- Ballots postmarked July 8th were improperly counted and/or separated from ballots postmarked on July 7th; the deadline by which all vote-by-mail ballots were to be accepted
- Ballots marked with a clear intention by the voter but that were unable to be read by vote-counting machines
- Ballots thrown out for minor matters such as stray markings
- Ballots thrown out for lack of response to “cure” letters; a process that is wholly unfamiliar to voters
- Ballots counted in secret, without campaign challengers having the benefit of being present for the process
- Ballots found in unsealed bags without chain-of-custody history
- Ballots rejected for unspecified/unreported reasons
Oddly, MMM has not heard from Mehta since before July 7 and his social media pages have been extremely quiet for a presumed nominee for statewide office.