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Middlesex County Clerk Nancy Pinkin. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Lawsuit filed against Pinkin over Middlesex ballot draw

By David Wildstein, April 14 2022 8:26 pm

A group of Democrats filed a lawsuit on Thursday alleging that Middlesex County Clerk Nancy Pinkin broke the law by cancelling a ballot draw and are asking a judge to order one.

A slate of three candidates for Piscataway township council and two for county commissioner say that they were eligible for a head-to-head ballot draw with a ticket endorsed by the Middlesex County Democratic organization, but Pinkin disagreed.

Pinkin called off the ballot draw at 11:22 AM, just 24 minutes after her flight from Ireland, where she had been on a junket, landed at Newark Liberty International Airport.

A spokesperson for the county told the New Jersey Globe that state election law allows Pinkin “discretion” to make her determination.

The matter has been assigned to Superior Court Judge  Thomas Daniel McCloskey, court records show.

Yael Bromberg, an attorney representing the slate, wants the judge to halt the preparation and printing of ballots for the June 7 primary election until the issue is resolved.

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