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Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson

Levinson wants state to foot bill for redo election

By Nikita Biryukov, January 06 2021 12:34 pm

Atlantic County Executive Daniel Levinson called for the state to foot the bill for a redo election spiked after County Clerk Edward McGettigan mailed incorrect ballots to 554 voters.

“Atlantic County voters exercised their right and did as they were instructed. Through no fault of their own, the District 3 election was flawed,” Levinson said. “You may disagree about whether this was an error of the state or the County Clerk, but other than those two parties, does anyone believe the burden should fall on the county taxpayers? They are the true victims in this unfortunate situation.”

Superior Court Judge Joseph Marczyk on Monday invalidated Atlantic’s third district county commissioner race, ruling the result was unknowable because the number of incorrect ballots was larger than the margin between Thelma Witherspoon and Andrew Parker.

Witherspoon, the Democrat, led her opponent by 286 votes. Marczyk has ordered a new race be held on April 20, and while Democrats are appealing the decision, the county will likely foot the bill for the do-over election.

“We don’t know who’s going to win, but we certainly know who’s going to lose — the taxpayers,” Levinson said.

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