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Mendham Township Democratic candidates Lauren Spirig, left, and Martin Slayne. (Photo: Slayne and Spirig for Mendham Township Committee).

Mendham recount set for Friday, likely followed by a lawsuit

By David Wildstein, December 08 2022 1:02 pm

A race for Mendham Township Committee where Democratic challenger Lauren Spirig leads incumbent Thomas Baio by two votes heads to recount on Friday, and probably a court fight after that, increasing the possibility that no one will be sworn in when the governing body reorganizes next month.

Republicans are expected to protests at least one provisional ballot that they say should not have been rejected, and to challenge some voters who no longer reside locally.

Tracey Moreen, a GOP incumbent, was the top vote-getter with 1,532 votes.  Spiring defeated Baio 1,473 to 1,471, with Democrat Martin Slayne finishing fourth with 1,397.

Mendham Township Republicans have been doing a deep dive into who voted in the November 8 general election.

“The results of any election must instill confidence among our residents and accurately reflect the legal votes cast,” said Morris County GOP Chair Laura Marie Ali. “We look forward to a transparent and smooth recount and commit to ensuring that every legal vote is counted.”

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