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Republican congressional candidate Hirsh Singh. (Photo: Hirsh Singh.)

Judges denies Singh recount in Gloucester, Cumberland

By David Wildstein, August 31 2020 1:48 pm

Hirsh Singh lost his bid for a recount in Gloucester and Salem counties this morning as he seeks to overcome an 8,727-vote deficit in the July Republican U.S. Senate primary.

Superior Court Judge Jean Chetney denied Singh’s recount request in separate hearings for both counties, saying he did not properly serve the board of elections in both counties.

The same judge will hear Singh’s attempt to recount votes in Salem County later today.

Judge Thomas Miller will hear Singh’s request for a recount for Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren counties on Thursday.

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

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Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz rescinded an order on Friday for a recount of votes in Morris County after Singh never paid the $9,900 cost of a hand recount of about 46,000 votes cast in the primary.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

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