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Senators want answers from Secretary of State on Bergen Sheriff race

Bi-partisan letter to way from six Senators seeks clarifications and explanations

By David Wildstein, September 28 2018 10:04 am

All six Senators who represent part of Bergen County — four Democrats and two Republicans — have sent a strong letter to Secretary of State Tahesha Way in an effort to ensure that the circumstances of the special election she called to replace Sheriff Michael Saudino is handled in accordance with state law.

“Whatever process is ultimately pursued to replace Sheriff Sandino must be fair, transparent, contain unimpugnable integrity and comport with State laws,” the Senators wrote.

The Senators have also asked for a signed copy of Saudino’s letter of resignation.  The New Jersey Globe has been asking Way and her staff for a copy of that letter for four days, but they have been unable to do so.  Instead, the Secretary of State’s office has only been able to provide a copy of a press release that has now been stamped by Way.

The Senators — Paul Sarlo, Loretta Weinberg, Gerald Cardinale, Joseph Lagana, Nellie Pou and Kristin Corrado — are also seeking assurances that every vote will be counted.

“The chaos resulting from 40,000 voters receiving two ballots is neither necessary nor acceptable,” the senators told Way.

Bergen Sheriff letter from Senators
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