Middlesex County might ask the state to pay the costs of a do-over election on Tuesday in Old Bridge after a judge found that mistakes that caused a November 2020 Ward 4 council race to be invalidated was the fault of New Jersey’s statewide voter registration database.
“We will continue to explore all options for reimbursement with the state Division of Election,” a county official told the New Jersey Globe.
The county has incurred costs of between $16,000 and $31,000 so far, the official said.
The new election is set for March 22.
Democrat Jill DeCaro, a school board member, had ousted Republican incumbent Mark Razzoli last November by 11 votes, but Superior Court Judge Thomas Daniel McCloskey tossed the election results after determining that 27 voters received the wrong ballot and 17 of them voted.
McCloskey found the state Division of Elections at fault, saying the statewide voter database didn’t properly follow boundaries set in the 2011 ward redistricting map put voters from the odd numbered homes on one side of Cymbeline Drive in Ward 2, and the even numbered homes on the opposite side of Cymbeline Drive residing in the Ward 4.