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Hirsh Singh testifies on his own behalf in a Superior Court hearing seeking a recount of votes in Salem County for the July 7 Republican U.S. Senate primary. (Photo: Zoom.)

In third loss of the day, judge refuses Singh’s bid for Salem recount

U.S. Senate candidate trails Mehta by 8,727 votes statewide

By David Wildstein, August 31 2020 2:57 pm

Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Hirsh Singh lost his third court fight of the day when a Superior Court Judge rebuffed his bid for a hand recount in Salem County.

Singh said he was worried that optical ballot scanners in Salem might have malfunctioned.

“A hand recount is something that would mitigate this concern,” Singh said in a virtual court appearance.

The state disagreed.

“He doesn’t meet the standards for a recount, said Deputy Attorney General Beau Wilson, who said that Singh did not properly serve local election officials.

Singh carried Salem by 196 votes over Rik Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official, 1,628 to 1,432, a 36%-31% margin.

Wilson said that even if every ballot in Salem were counted for Singh, it still wouldn’t be enough for him to overcome Mehta’ 8,727 statewide plurality.

Singh, who represented himself in the hearing, slammed the state attorney general for getting involved in the primary and cited a New York Post story from this weekend that massive voter fraud exists in New Jersey.

The judge, Jean Chetney, said that Singh did not demonstrate any evidence of fraud in Salem County.

“A mere parroting of the language of the statute just to say he has reason to believe there was an error is not enough,” Chetney said. “There has to be some fact.”

Chetney had spurned Singh’s recount bid in Gloucester and Cumberland counties earlier today.

“New Jersey is not an automatic recount state,” Chetney told Singh.

Singh will be back in court on Thursday as he seeks recounts in Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren counties.

Judges in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Essex, Passaic and Union counties have already denied Singh’s recount effort.

Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz rescinded an order on Friday for a recount of votes in Morris County after Singh never paid the $9,900 cost of a hand recount of about 46,000 votes cast in the primary.

Singh never responded to additional court filings in Morris County, records show.  Mehta carried Morris by 862 votes.

In Sussex, Singh paid the $50 fee for court-ordered recounts in Sandyston and Frankford, and he failed to respond to a request by the court in Middlesex for deficiencies in his filings.

Singh lost the July 7 primary election to Rik Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official.

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