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New Jersey Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz. New Jersey Globe Photo.

Judge orders gluegate ballots counted in Morris Township

15 votew separate candidates, with 52 ballots to be counted today

By David Wildstein, January 27 2020 2:45 pm

Judge Stuart Minkowitz today ordered elections officials to county 42 provisional ballots and 10 vote-by-mail ballots in a race for Morris Township committeeman.

The Board of Elections is set to count those votes at 4:30 PM today.

Peter Mancuso was declared the winner by just 15 votes over Democrat Bud Ravitz after a recount of the November 2019 general election, 3,193 to 3,180.

Mancuso, an 82-year-old Republican who has served on and off since 1978, was sworn into another term on January 7.

If the final vote ends in a tie, or just by a single vote, the matter will come back to Minkowitz, the assignment judge, for a ruling.

A complaint filed by the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and the Morris County Democratic Committee included affidavits from poll workers and eighteen voters stating that the envelope glue would not stick.

The case was decided after both parties agreed to a settlement and all other claims were dropped.

Minkowitz is reserving the right to rule on one ballot where signatures do not match.

Ravitz was represented by Raj Parikh and Scott Salmon, Mancuso by Tim Howes, and the Morris County Clerk by John Carbone.

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