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Trenton City Council candidates Algernon Ward, left, and Jennifer Williams. (Photos: Algernon Ward and Jennifer Williams).

Election officials will try again to determine winner in Trenton’s North Ward council race

Jennifer Williams and Algernon Ward remain tied at 425-425

By David Wildstein, December 28 2022 8:20 pm

A tied race for the North Ward seat on the Trenton City Council could be decided on Thursday, but it’s still not clear how many of the six cure letters mailed by election officials earlier this month so that North Ward voters could have an opportunity to repair technical defects to their vote-by-mail ballots were returned and remain uncounted.

Jennifer Williams and Algernon Ward, Jr. each received 425 votes in the December 13 runoff election for the seat of Marge Caldwell-Wilson, who did not seek re-election.

The deadline to return cure letters was at 4:30 PM today, and the Mercer County Board of Elections will meet at 11 AM tomorrow to count the remaining ballots.

Regardless, the North Ward race is so close that it’s likely headed to court, supporters of both candidates have told the New Jersey Globe.

Four of the mail-in ballots contained no signature, and two others were initially rejected because the signature on the ballot did not match the one in the voter file.  Two of the cure letters had been returned on December 19, but it’s not clear whether they were included in the December 20 count.

Officials at the Board of Elections and the Superintendent of Elections did not return multiple calls.

In the November 8 general election, Williams led Ward by 93 votes, 583 to 490 (32.9% to 26.6%) in a four-candidate field.  The other two candidates, Merkle Cherry and Divine Allah, endorsed Ward.

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