A hearing to determine if there will be a recount in the runoff for the North Ward seat on the Trenton City Council – a race that Jennifer Williams won by just one vote – won’t be held until January 11.
Her opponent, Algernon Ward, Jr., filed for a recount on December 30, hours after the election results were certified.
Superior Court Judge William Anklowitz will hear Ward’s justification for the recount – they are not automatic in New Jersey, no matter how close the race is – during an in-person hearing next week.
It’s not clear why the hearing is not taking place immediately.
Williams was sworn in on January 1 and will participate in council meetings today and Thursday.
The state attorney general’s office, which represents the Mercer County Board of Elections, will likely tell the judge that they will take no position on the request for a recount, and then ask for several days so election officials can prepare for it.